Musician Benjamin strikes a chord

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YOUNGSTERS from a Scarborough school look set to hit the right notes in future after an inspiring talk from a musical composer.

Renowned director Benjamin Till paid a visit to students at Scarborough College to talk about his work on the BBC production, A Symphony for Yorkshire.

Mr Till, 37, showed off his creation - which featured 220 musicians and words written by a 98-year-old woman - to pupils and explained how it reflected the area through using words and music.

He told students from the Junior School and Senior School the project, which included a competition to write lyrics for a new Yorkshire anthem, was the most challenging and rewarding he had done.

Mr Till answered question from pupils before going on to speak to GCSE students about musical composition and he was joined on the day by West End performer Nathan Taylor.

Mr Taylor, a veteran of productions including Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, The Rocky Horror Show and Mary Poppins, also held a session with pupils to discuss his career and the various paths into the showbusiness industry.