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THE STORY OF ALEX .........CH 4....NOW

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RTKangaMummy Thu 08-Oct-09 21:04:16


MavisEnderby Thu 08-Oct-09 21:06:06

What is it about?

RTKangaMummy Thu 08-Oct-09 21:07:23

Alex Stobbs became an overnight phenomenon and shot to international prominence following the broadcast of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning 2008 documentary, A Boy Called Alex.
It told his inspirational story as an Eton music scholar suffering from the incurable disease cystic fibrosis. Immediately after transmission, offers of professional work flooded in, as did several marriage proposals.
One year on this Cutting Edge film follows Alex's dramatic and eventful transition from boy to man as a choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge, and a member of its world-famous choir.
Determined to live as normal a student life as possible, complete with girlfriends, late nights and major socialising, Alex is also set on fulfilling his life-long ambition: to conduct Bach's three hour masterpiece, the St Matthew Passion, with a professional orchestra and some of the country's top soloists. But by pushing himself to the limit, Alex risks getting an infection that could be his last.
A Boy Called Alex: The Concert
Thursday 8th October, 10pm, More4
This film features highlights from a remarkable performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion conducted by Alex at London's Cadogan Hall in 2009.
Alex himself acts as the film's commentator and guide, offering his uniquely personal perspective on Bach's epic work and the phenomenal musical challenges in conducting it.
The music is performed by the distinguished Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra and the renowned Rodolfus Choir, featuring soloists Michael Chance, Sarah Fox and Thomas Guthrie.

MuffinToptheMule Thu 08-Oct-09 21:11:51

Watching now. I saw the original doc and I find myself thinking of him often, especially if I have something difficult to do.

tibni Thu 08-Oct-09 21:13:12

I'm watching. I saw the first documentary which was very good.

RTKangaMummy Thu 08-Oct-09 21:14:24

The concert is shown on MORE 4 afterwards


Meglet Thu 08-Oct-09 21:17:21

He is fab. I've been looking forward to this.

BloodshotEyeballs Thu 08-Oct-09 21:36:01

Me too. I feel for his mother though, who obviously and naturally wants to take care of him but ultimately has to walk away and let him get on with it. Must be so so hard...

MuffinToptheMule Thu 08-Oct-09 22:04:19

Couldn't stopped crying when he had finished conducting. I felt so happy for him but it was also heart breaking to see how ill he was. His parents must be incredibly strong.

Bramshott Fri 09-Oct-09 17:07:51

Really enjoyed this. Agree about his mum - it must be so difficult to let go with a child like that, but she has somehow managed it admirably.

Prosecco Fri 09-Oct-09 17:29:00

I also saw it and agree he is an absolute inspiration ( if a little irresponsible with his health). But he is a typical teenage boy. His parents, epecially his mum, are also inspirational for the freedom they have given him particularly when it is apparent he is not looking after himself as well as they would like. It is such a debilitating condition and they all deal with it so well.

TitsalinaBumsquash Fri 09-Oct-09 17:52:02

DS1 has CF and i get a lot of strength from people like Alex, he is achieving so much even with this crappy disease.

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