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Matthew, 22, to compose music for new feature film

Matthew Olyver is to compose the music for a feature length film. ANL-160911-131458001
Matthew Olyver is to compose the music for a feature length film. ANL-160911-131458001

A talented musician from Stoke by Clare has spoken of his joy after being commissioned to write the music for a full-length feature film.

Matthew Olyver, 22, will produce the piece for the full-length feature film Iris Warriors, which stars Jessica Brown Findlay, best known for playing Lady Sybil Crawley in ITV’s Downton Abbey.

The former Stoke College pupil said: “I’m delighted to be working on Iris Warriors and believe this will be the start of my musical career.

“My love of music started at Stoke College where I was given endless opportunities to grow and flourish in a very happy environment.

“This has developed through the rest of my educational life where I have developed my craft.”

Mr Olyver, who has recently started directing and recording the music played by the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava, is in his second year studying for a masters in composition at The Royal Academy of Music.

The film, a ballet with animation being shot in Cape Town, tells the story of the creation myth about the birth of colour.

Mr Olyver’s love of music flourished at Stoke College where he was a pupil until the age of 16.

After receiving top grade GCSEs, he was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Purcell School sixth form before undertaking an undergraduate degree at Bristol University.

Stoke College headmaster Frank Thomas said: “I’m delighted to see our former student having such success in his music career.

“As a school that develops and harnesses a student’s talent and ability we believe Stoke College provides all our pupils with the foundation to achieve their dreams.”

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