Regent Park School of Music's feature on Taylor Swift's new album proves it's all within reach for students

We speak to Regent Park School of Music director Richard Marsella and one of the students whose work was featured on Taylor Swift's new album, Lover.
Regent Park School of Music students prepare to perform the piece featured on Taylor Swift's song, It's Nice to Have a Friend. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press)

The students of Toronto's Regent Park School of Music got a big surprise last Friday when Taylor Swift released her latest album, Lover. The youth choir's music was sampled on the song It's Nice to Have a Friend, where they can be heard playing instruments and singing backup.

With the help of Canadian super-producer Frank Dukes, the students recorded the original composition, which was made available to Swift (and any other artist who wants to use it) through Dukes' Kingsway Music Library.

Richard Marsella, the director of Regent Park School of Music, and 17-year-old Mwinyi, one of the student musicians featured on Swift's new album, joined q guest host Ali Hassan to tell us more about their whirlwind week.

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— Produced by ​Diane Eros

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