A composer with a scores for ‘James Bond’ movies among his credits visited our North Kensington centre last week to spend time with our music students. David Arnold lead a writing workshop with ‘Rhythm Studio’ students, as they begin working with the Royal Albert Hall on a project preparing for its 150th birthday celebrations.

Chris Hodges, founder of the Rhythm Studio, said “One of the greatest things from this project is that students are able to have an avenue to develop and express their passion for music and to learn from experienced practitioners and professionals.”

Within the workshop students composed a piece of music that reflected their feelings and experiences of the Royal Albert Hall. They also showcased some of their work for David Arnold.

The final composition that will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2020 for its 150th anniversary will be composed of influences from all the schools involved. The Rhythm Studio was picked along with six other schools to be part of the project.

David Arnold said, “I’ve been inspired by the schools involved in this project and what the Rhythm Studio teachers are doing, with each student driving the exercise.

I hope the 150th celebrations have a life beyond the day itself. The RAH will be a unique place to be on that day and the people who will be on stage performing, or even be in the audience are very lucky.”

As well as James Bond films such as Casino Royal and Quantum of Solace, David Arnold has composed for films such as Independence Day, Godzilla and television series including Little Britain and Sherlock.

Students who are part of the RAH project shared their thoughts.

One student, Taj, said: “I have dedicated my whole life to music, it is very important to me. Every emotion that I feel links back to music.

To have a piece of my music included in the RAH celebrations and for people to hear this RAH would make me happy.”

Joe added, “The song I have been working on for the celebrations includes a lot of strings, as a lot of orchestral music is played at the venue. My piece includes tension to show the build-up over the past 150 years of the RAH and what it is today, and I think it is important to express this.”

Marco said, “Working on this project has helped me because it has mixed my main two genres together. It has been the first time I have mixed ‘epichestral’ and electronic pieces together.

I wanted my piece for the celebrations to be powerful, but also nostalgic.”

More information about the students’ project with the Royal Albert Hall will be shared over coming months. If you want to find out more about studying with The Rhythm Studio, please click here.