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Harry Potter's Patrick Doyle composes for schools orchestra

A leading film composer has written a piece of music for the National Schools Symphony Orchestra.

Patrick Doyle, who is patron of the Oxford-based orchestra, has composed music for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sense and Sensibility, Thor, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

His new work Impressions Of America: A Suite For Orchestra will be premiered at next year's Three Choirs festival.

Mr Doyle said: "It's a tricky piece but the orchestra's up to it".

NSSO brings together young musicians between the ages of 9 and 18.

It aims to bridge the gap between young musicians excelling at home and the likes of the National Youth Orchestra.

'Very exciting'

Mr Doyle said: "NSSO's role in helping young musicians learn their craft cannot be overstated and if my involvement can help ignite passion for orchestral music in young people then I will be delighted."

One of the students, Alex Draper, 15, said: "Music is a very big part of my life so it is very exciting.

"It's quite nerve-racking getting it right up to his standard but it's very exciting for us."

Mr Doyle said the music was inspired by his visits to the United States over 22 years.

"It tells the story of geographical locations I've been to," he said.

"It's a wonderful thing to have, something that's been written for you that's never been played before anywhere in the world."

NSSO will play the suite at a concert at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford in July.

Mr Doyle's next film project is Pixar animated film Brave.

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