Horsham teenager Nathanael Landskroner, 16, recently joined members of National Youth Music Theatre’s 2014 company to record an original cast recording of an award winning musical. BRASS was commissioned by NYMT to commemorate the centenary of World War One and tells the true life story of the Leeds Pals and the Barnbow Lasses.
The world premiere took place at City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds in August and the show recently won Best Musical Production 2014 in the UK Theatre Awards. Nathanael originated the role of Henry Holgate and was the youngest in a cast of young people aged 15 – 23.
Nathanal gave up his place at the X Factor boot camp to take part in BRASS. He gained 4 yes’s at Wembley Arena which placed him in the top 23 boys. Nathanael is looking forward to the recording which will take place in a London based studio this weekend.
Nathanael said: “The team have been working hard to lay all the music tracks down with our original young musicians from the show and then it’s our turn to record all the vocals. BRASS was one of the best experiences of my life and the music is incredible. We are all so delighted that we have this opportunity to make an original cast recording. I feel very privileged to have been part of this amazing musical.”
Nathanael visited The Somme as part of his research for the show and retraced the steps of the original Leeds Pals. He has also commemorated the real Leeds Pal H Holgate who lost his life on July 1st 1916 in The Battle of The Somme.
“I think it is very important to remember those who died and I am indebted to NYMT for taking me on a journey I will never forget. I hope BRASS lives on as it is a vital piece of our history and the music is so beautiful that it deserves to be heard by a wider audience.”
Profits from the CD will go into the NYMT Bursary Fund which enables young actors like Nathanael to receive the first class training that NYMT offers. NYMT alumni include recent Golden Globe winning actor Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law. Anyone interested in supporting the cast recording csn visit www.nymt.org.uk.
Nathanael’s debut single Braking In The Fast Lane is due to be released in the next few weeks. You can follow Nathanael on twitter @Natinfinitum and on Facebook www.facebook.com/nathanaelsaul.