And the winner is...

Design Challenge Primary 2018 - The Winner!

For the first time this year, the Royal Opera House ran the Design Challenge competition with KS2 children from 16 primary schools. Over 800 pupils took part in the project, designing the set for a scene in The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake. Over ten weeks, they worked through the six stages of design, developing their model-making skills and experimenting with different ideas and materials. Teachers from the schools then reviewed their portfolios and model boxes to choose a finalist for each class, and their work was submitted to the Royal Opera House for the competition.

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Design Challenge Competition is Oliver Kempster from Little Thurrock Primary School. Oliver produced an excellent design for the final act in Swan Lake, re-imagining the ballet to take place in a flooded street in New York. Oliver’s portfolio showed a detailed design process, showing how he had interpreted the story, played with ideas and materials and considered the scale and depth of his final design.

The judges also wanted to give a special mention to Olivia Demczuk from Bonnygate Primary School, who has been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for her work.

Oliver and his class will be invited to the schools matinee of Swan Lake later this term, and will have a special back of house experience before the performance to see what happens behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House.

Congratulations to Oliver, Olivia, and all of the finalists and children who took part in the project! The judges were very impressed with the the imagination and creativity, and were excited to see the next generation of designers in action.

If you would like to register your school to take part in the 2018/19 Design Challenge project, which will run in spring 2019 and be based on Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, please email