The Sixth Form met somebody much more famous than they imagined when they walked into school last Thursday morning, and when we saw a normal man upon the stage with a cello many were left bemused. However, we were not prepared for what was to come. We did not realise that we had most probably listened to some of his music at some point or another.

His name was Philip Sheppard. Now that might not mean that much to many people, however, have you watched ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’? If so, you have heard his music. As the lecture went on, we began to realise how much he had done throughout his career. He managed to list off all these incredible achievements - many of which led to audible gasps - without seeming arrogant. At the same time, he did not reduce his achievements or try to say that he got there by luck. We were in awe without feeling small. This is a man who managed to edit and get permission from every head of state for their national anthems in two months! Yet he seemed approachable and genuine.

Furthermore, he was inspiring because he had no formal training in composing. He did not even get his degree from the Royal Academy of Music. It was relaxing to know, especially as a year 13, sometimes just trying and working and talking will get you where you want to be, even if you do not take the traditional route. Sheppard placed a particular emphasis on talking. He tells people what his dreams are in the hope that they can help him or at least suggest his name if the opportunity comes up. This is how he managed to get to the stage where a car is now producing music due to his ideas.

It was a very refreshing talk, that was inspiring without being overwhelming. Overall, a very inspirational man who managed to embolden while entertaining us.