Boys from Guildford Cathedral Choir had the time of their lives last week when they performed in the new St. Trinian's film: "The Legend of Fritton's Gold". Filming took place on 22 and 23 July at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey, with the boys recording a different scene on each day.
When we arrived at Charterhouse, we had to check in with the organiser. Scattered around us were props, cameras, equipment, trailers, make-up artists, actors, actresses, cars and most importantly, the food trailer. This was where we went for our breakfast of bacon, toast, eggs etc which we all ate eagerly.After this, we had to visit the make-up artists who were obviously trying to make us look posh, some more embarrassingly than others. Then, on this first day, we had to dress in our costumes (simply our normal cassocks and surplices) before filming a scene where we were the background action to a group of St Trinian’s girls who were talking disappointedly about there being no ‘fit’ boys around.On the second day, we filmed our main scene, where we would be the focus of the action and because of this we had to be on set by 7.30am. We were all slightly apprehensive because of what we had to do: singing Franck’s Panis Angelicus ‘straight’ and then, after much rehearsing, the same piece but at double speed with beatbox accompaniment, egged on by the St Trinian’s girls. After many rehearsals and takes, we finished this exhausting session after a fabulous lunch.
Regrettably, we didn’t meet Colin Firth, Rupert Everett or David Tennant, all of whom are starring in the film, but we were in a scene with Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud (by the way, she plays Roxy in the film) and we did get paid! To see quite how outrageous the beatbox is, how much fun we had, and who were the craziest of us, go and see the film at your local cinema from 18th December 2009.