Cassian’s Heavy Work Load!

The Christmas period was a particularly busy one for Cassian Pichler-Roca, winner of the BBC Radio 2’s Young Chorister of the Year 2018 competition at the end of October. 

Since winning this prestigious title, Cassian, who sings with Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum of Dean Close Preparatory School, has performed at several Charity Christmas concerts in London, in aid of the Institute of Cancer Research and the NSPCC with famous faces such as Jane Asher and Dame Esther Rantzen in attendance. 

He has recorded a CD with the BBC Philharmonic which is due to be released with the May 2019 issue of BBC Music magazine; he has sung on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night with Alfie Boe and Ken Bruce and recorded Howard Blake’s Walking in The Air, arranged and accompanied by the Carducci Quartet to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic Christmas animation The Snowman

Cassian, a typical 12 year old boy who enjoys a normal school life of academics, sport, music and drama, is taking this momentous change to his programme in his stride.  Headmaster Paddy Moss says, “Cassian’s aplomb in handling these additional events, as well as being a prefect, an academic scholar, an enthusiastic rugby player and playing two musical instruments, goes to show how eminently capable he is in his absolute commitment to everything he turns his hand to.  His dedication and work ethic are enviable and we are thrilled with his achievement.”

When asked his thoughts on his recent achievements and busy schedule, Cassian added, “I am very proud and very grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way since winning the competition.  Luckily I do not really get nervous, I really enjoy performing and just try to do my best.”