7 April 2014 at 3.01pm | Comment on this article
The winners of this year’s Fanfare Competition have been announced. The competition, which invited young composers aged 11–16 to compose and record a short and attention-grabbing piece of music, attracted a record number of 260 entries.
The winners will now attend workshops at the Royal Opera House and have their compositions orchestrated and recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Audiences at the ROH will then hear the fanfares before performances to let them know that it’s time to take their seats.
‘The standard of entries this year was really high this year and there were some wonderful and adventurous ideas that will make arresting and stunning fanfares’, says Duncan. ‘After much deliberation, we have selected a wonderfully diverse set of pieces.’
You can listen to the winning entries below. The Fanfares will be recorded in the orchestra pit on 24 May. All ten fanfares will then be played to Covent Garden audiences for the first time at the matinee performance of La bohème on 19 July.
Watch the process of transforming a fanfare from a rough recording to a polished performance:
Fanfare is an annual competition, and the Royal Opera House supplies a wide range of resources to help students and their teachers prepare. Use our Fanfare resources to get ready for next year’s competition.
Jack Griffiths, Kings House Richmond, Playa
Joshua Dreyer, Burgoyne Middle School, Sparta
Aliyah Vara / Zara Lawrence, Burgoyne Middle School, The Devil's Playground
Theo Bently Curtin, Exeter School, Fanfare for Dancing Giraffes
Tom Gibson, Cottenham Village College, The Emperor's Train
Morgan Overton, Oakham School, Hét
Martha Herring, Oakham School, HERRING
Willow Mickel, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar
Tobias Clarke, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow!
Daniel Harding, Marling School, Birth of a New Generation