Since winning BBC Radio Two Young Choristers of the year last year, Cassian’s schedule remains as busy as ever. In January he completed the recording of a CD with producer Ben Collingwood and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be released in the spring and available with the BBC Music magazine in May. Cassian sang a number of pieces ranging from A New Year Carol by Benjamin Britten, Pie Jesu by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Litany to the Holy Spirit by Peter Hurford. He is currently preparing for a BBC Radio 2 Broadcast of At the Foot of the Cross with the BBC Concert Orchestra, which will be recorded at the infamous Maida Vale Studios in late March ahead of its broadcast on Good Friday.
On a recent trip to London with his fellow pupils, Cassian was thrilled when he bumped into Alfie Boe on a zebra crossing outside the Gielgud Theatre, where the pupils had enjoyed the production of Les Misérables. Cassian met Alfie when he sung on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night at Alexandra Palace in December and was delighted that Alfie remembered him.
During the half term break Cassian, who is half South Tyrolian, is looking forward to being interviewed for Südtirol Heute which is a broadcast by the Austrian national TV ORF (equivalent of the BBC in Austria). During the interview they will be talking about Cassian’s experiences since winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year award. This will be a great opportunity for Cassian to practise his German skills!
Closer to home, Cassian was over the moon when he also won the Alcock Cup for singing at the school’s House Music Competition, singing Music for a While by Purcell. Cassian said, “I was excited to sing in front of my friends and thrilled to win, especially as there are so many talented vocalists at school; both the boys and girls performed so confidently.”
Director of Choral Music at Dean Close School, Mr Simon Bell said, “Cassian, whilst thoroughly enjoying the experience, has kept a clear and professional head throughout this process. Mr Collingwood, the producer at the BBC, has named him the ‘the one take wonder’ as just one shot is required when recording him. I am immensely proud of the standard of singing he has achieved and that he has also managed to keep his feet firmly on the ground.”
Later in the year Cassian will be taking his Grade 8 singing exam. He will also be travelling to Sweden with the other members of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum. The choir will be performing concerts and singing in services in Uppsala and Västerås at the beginning of July.
Mr and Mrs Pichler-Roca said, “We are very grateful to Mr Bell, Mrs Lyons and Mr Sawyer, they have been instrumental in Cassian’s success. Mr Bell has given Cassian the confidence to believe in himself and the opportunities to progress. Cassian would not be in this privileged position without their dedication and commitment.”