3 August 2010

Shaun Tarring
and Andrew Brown are regarded by their peers as talented, hard working percussion students, but angels? Not normally.

The Bachelor of Music candidates at The Con gained a rare opportunity to play both music and divine beings for the opening scenes of a new international short film titled "Spirit-ED," and starring acclaimed English actress Miriam Margolyes.

The movie, a fantasy/adventure set at Divinity, the finishing schools for angels, also features leading Australian actors Bruce Spence and Sonia Todd.

Tarring and Brown, playing drum kits, joined the angel school choir (the Kambala junior school's chamber choir) and other musicians in a performance of Beethoven's 9th - Ode to Joy.

The setting was the sun-lit quadrangle of the University of Sydney's main campus and a student on a surfboard was "flying" through the air as the music and voices reached a crescendo.

Tarring, 25, of Lane Cove, in year 4 and Brown, 18, of Beecroft, in year 2, were selected by the Head of Percussion Daryl Pratt and their teacher Rick Miller.

"Andrew and I both know the music well so while the shoot was amazing to be in, the performance forus was pretty straight forward," commented Shaun, of Lane Cove.

Not that Tarring, 25, is new to lights, camera, action.

When he isn't studying, he is touring Australia with The Rock Show - a theatre musical production of big hits from the 60s and 70s starring music icon John English - a show that has already clocked 50 concerts.

And when he isn't studying and touring, Tarring is part of the studio band for the Matty Johns variety program on Channel 7.

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