A Boy Called Alex

January 29, 2008 by  
Filed under News

A Boy called AlexA Boy Called Alex was a documentary following the life of Alex Stobbs at Eton collage. Alex had a particularly severe form of cystic fibrosis (an inherited disease which affects the lungs and digestive system). Alex needed regular physiotherapy and a mixture of drugs to control the disease. It was affecting his bones and his hearing too.

Despite this, Alex was a pupil at Eton college and a highly gifted musician who played piano and sang in the choir. He had taken up the extremely demanding challenge of conducting a piece at a special performance at Eton Chapel. This was the Magnificat – Bach’s choral work. The programme followed Alex through his preparation for this task over a three-month period and highlighted what he had to contend with, but also the support of his tutors, doctor and family.

Alex became extremely ill on more than one occasion but was determined to rise to the performance, as music was his life. The programme was extremely inspiring as Alex met the challenge.

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  1. Nena Parkes says:

    A Boy called Alex

    In retrospect I think this was the most uplifting film I have ever seen and it lives with me. I just wish I had a copy!