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A time to celebrate

24 January 2020

Westminster City School pupils are ensuring Bond composer, David Arnold, is both shaken and stirred by their talents, as they provide inspiration for his new work that celebrates the Royal Albert Hall.

Next year marks 150 years since the Royal Albert Hall first opened. This beautiful Victorian venue has hosted countless performances since then, including regular events like the BBC Proms, the Classic Brits and the Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual concerts. A series of activities are planned to celebrate one of the UK’s most iconic venues and Westminster City School pupils are happy to help!

Mr Cecile, from our Music Department, explains: “Staff from the Royal Albert Hall’s Education and Outreach Team have been visiting our School, running workshops with some of our keenest young musicians and singers, gathering initial ideas to pass to David Arnold. They will return to our School in a few weeks for a second workshop, as well as work with Westminster Academy and Fulham Boys College on the project. All this hard work will then culminate in what is sure to be a stunning performance in March 2021, as the Royal Albert Hall becomes 150 years old!”

Our Assistant Head, Ms Mole, added: “Music remains a key part of life at our School, so taking part in this prestigious and exciting opportunity is a reward to some of our pupils who have shown a very strong interest in music. That includes members of our busy and successful School Choir, plus a number of Year 10 who have demonstrated great enthusiasm and energy within our Music Department.”

An acclaimed English film composer, David Arnold is probably best known for scoring five James Bond films. However, he also received a Grammy for his work on the film, Independence Day, plus a Creative Arts Emmy for his score of episode three of the third series of BBC drama, Sherlock. His most recent work includes the TV series, Good Omens, now showing on the BBC.

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