Announcing our Fanfare 2018 winners!

    After a shortlisting and selection process involving staff and artists from the Royal Opera House, we are delighted to announce our winners, who were selected from over 100 entries received for this year’s competition. They are:

    • Meera Kofkin and Abigail McDonald, Potton Middle School
    • Ho-Ting Natasha Fung, Henry Floyd Grammar School
    • Tabitha Butler, Ulverston Victoria High School
    • Alexandra Nicklin, Ulverston Victoria High School
    • Manish Sanga, Purcell School
    • Jonathan Andrew Blake, Bedford School
    • Ka Youn Yoo, Purcell School
    • Abigail Billingham and Sophie Gormley, Newport Girls High School
    • Alfred Roberts, County Upper School
    • Natasha Erdmann, Oakham School

    The annual Fanfare competition is open to 11-18 year-olds and gives young people the opportunity to create a short piece of music to let the audience know to return to their seats during the intervals of performances of opera and ballet. Our winners will be invited to the Royal Opera House to attend an orchestration workshop in March, where they will develop their compositions with educator/composer Steven Berryman. They will then attend the recording day in April where they will hear their music come to life, played by members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the direction of Music Director of The Royal Opera Sir Antonio Pappano.

    The winning Fanfares will then be played at performances throughout the 2018/19 Season.

    As with previous years, the standard of entries was extremely high and we would like to thank everyone who composed fanfares for this year’s competition!