Students inspired to make music

Barry Russell at the piano with A-level music students Sam Pollitt and Justin Turnbull

Barry Russell at the piano with A-level music students Sam Pollitt and Justin Turnbull

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A LEVEL students from St John Rigby College in Orrell have had a music lesson from a BBC professional.

Barry Russell, a freelance composer, lecturer and writer visited the College to work with six music and technology students.

The BBC has invited schools and colleges from across the North West to take part in a recording project involving creative composition workshops to facilitate and support students’ own work towards forthcoming examinations. St John Rigby pupils Justin Turnbull, Sam Pollitt, Sean Evans, Cameron Brown, Ben Coulson and Ewen Pennington each took part in the event.

They have been offered six pieces of classical music, which span over 400 years of music making, to stimulate their own ideas and inspire them. The college is focusing on two of these pieces and each student will present their own composition to the BBC based on these themes.

Justin Turnball said: “It’s fantastic to get an opportunity to work with a composer like Barry who has such experience and can show us how the process of composing is so creative and exciting.” Sam Pollitt, who is working on a composition, said: “Today’s workshop has been inspiring and has really spurred me on to look for more opportunities to compose.”

The final compositions will be performed by musicians from the BBC Philharmonic and at least two pieces from St John Rigby students will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.