Composer James McConnel spoke to pupils about life as a musician

On Thursday 5th May, composer, writer and performer, James McConnel, also well-known as part of the successful double act Kit & McConnel, came into the studio to talk to pupils about his composing and life as a musician. The visit was also to oversee the recording of the cello part for his latest composition, a Cantata, the rather sad, true story of a bomb disposal expert working in Afghanistan. The cello plays the part of the soldier Olaf Schmid who was tragically killed two days before he was due to come home. His bravery was honoured with the George Cross. The work includes a part for treble voice and Toby N, Year 9 H, was chosen for the role. This is a wonderful opportunity for one of our young choristers to perform on a professional platform and for Toby whose treble voice will soon be lost, to have his voice recorded. The recordings will take place in the Strathmore Studio in the Britten Building.