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10 winners announced from over 260 entries in the Fanfare Competition 2014

Winners will have their fanfare orchestrated and recorded by the Royal Opera House Orchestra.

By Stacey Kurtz (Learning Office (Thurrock))

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 judging panel comprised Music Director Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Ballet Barry Wordsworth and composers Kerry Andrew and Duncan Chapman.

‘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

By Stacey Kurtz (Learning Office (Thurrock))

7 April 2014 at 3.01pm

This article has been categorised Learning and tagged competition, composer, creative, development, Education, fanfare, learning, learning and participation, school, Schools and Colleges, The Royal Opera, winners

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