Young pianist James leaves his mark on Arnold

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James Cave, a sixth former at Arnold School, has performed at musical events ever since he started in Year 7 and when he goes this summer he will now be leaving behind a tangible record, or to be more precise, a CD, of his musical virtuosity.

Multi-talented James chose the piano for a CD featuring his own compositions and arrangements of jazz classics, and involved two teachers Chris Hodder and Tony Harrison to support him on bass guitar and drums respectively, and year 11 pupil Tom Hammond to add vocals.

They used Arnold’s own recording suite, under the guidance of director of music Daniel Chandler to make the home-grown project a truly professional product.

Such is their popularity with school audiences that the first pressing of the CD almost sold out on the first day of its release with parents, colleagues and pupils all making the most of the opportunity to take his music with them.

The CD is now on sale to the public and can be ordered from the school reception for £5.

James intends to continue developing his musical skills when he goes to St Andrew’s University in the autumn and said of this enterprising step: “It has been a great experience producing the CD but live performances still give me the greatest thrill.”