Top Hollywood movie director Tim Burton paid a visit to Rugby School’s Chapel this week.
The iconic producer, director and writer was keen to use the Chapel’s award winning organ in a soundtrack for the film, 'Frankenweenie' due to be released in October this year.
No stranger to the School, Tim used the full force of the organ pipes for ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ film released in 2007.
The organist for this latest soundtrack was Old Rugbeian Andy Richards, who studied music at the School back in the 1960s, when he was taught by David Gatwood.
“Tim’s team scoured the country for the right organ sound,” said Andy. “They even explored Westminster Cathedral, but it was the Rugby School organ that won the day.”
However, School exams were still more important than Mr Burton. He had to wait until the last candidate had finished before going ahead with the recording.
Tim’s filmography is an impressive one. He has directed ‘Batman’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, and more recently, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Dark Shadows’.
Tim Burton and Andy Richards in Rugby School Chapel this week