Alumnus and former Music Scholar, Leo Benedict, recently returned to Trinity to direct a group of Third Year musicians in a recording for the forthcoming BritBox series The Beast Must Die, which stars Jared Harris.

Fourth Year student, Barney Sayburn, also features in the drama, which is an adaptation of the 1938 novel of the same name by Nicholas Blake, the nom de plume of poet Cecil Day-Lewis, father of Daniel Day-Lewis.

Leo has recently completed his postgraduate studies at RADA and is working with his family company Sync or Swim, which provides ADR – automated dialogue replacement – for some of the world’s biggest films, such as Spectre and Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children, as well as popular TV series, such as Downton Abbey.

The boys were required to improvise dialogue from a school playground, including a mock cricket match. The collaboration was completed by current parent, Mark Rogers, who acted as sound engineer.

While the Trinity group recorded in the school’s soundproof percussion room, they were linked by Zoom to the TV production team.

Well done to all those involved. We can’t wait to hear the end product!


"It was a brilliant experience and it was also nice to know there are still fun opportunities to be had even though my voice has broken. It was very exciting to be providing background voices in several scenes that Barney was in and getting a sneak preview of the series."

Ethan Thorne, Third Year student

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