3 November 2011 at 2.52pm | Comment on this article
The Fanfare Competition is back for the new season, giving 11-16 year olds the chance to have their music played every night at the Royal Opera House to signal the start and intervals of performances.
After the competition closing date on Friday March 23, up to 10 fanfares will be selected and the winners invited to develop their initial idea with a professional composer. The fanfares are then arranged and recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the baton of conductor Antonio Pappano. The young people work closely with Antonio during the recording session so that it is played just as they imagined.
Watch one of the winners from 2010 as he works with composer Duncan Chapman and Antonio Pappano:
Showcasing the young people’s music each night, the final recorded fanfares are played to thousands of people at performances of ballet and opera to let them know it’s time to take their seats. These fantastic fanfares are now an established part of a visit to the Royal Opera House.