The orchestra of Ridley Road, a state school, is to give a concert in Moscow at the European Festival of Youth, playing Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony before an au-dience of cultural big wigs. Alex, the Russian boy who cleans the hall, is a devout Pinball Wizard fan who comes up with a plan that saves everyone when their plans take a turn for the worst.
It’s an ordinary day in an ordinary school and they are ordinary kids. A bully, a crush, a fight behind the bike sheds, preparations for the showcase and double chemistry – which everybody hates!
Today a chemical reaction will change them forever.
Today when the bell rings, there’s no going home.