21 October 2012 at 3.28pm | 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 4 March, 2013, up to ten fanfares will be selected and the winners invited to develop their initial idea with a professional composer. The fanfares will then be arranged and recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the baton of conductor Antonio Pappano. The winners will work closely with Antonio during the recording session so that it is played just as they imagined.
If you'd like to know how to encourage your pupils to enter, we've created a range of free resources for Fanfare, available to any teacher. They include videos, interactive whiteboard flipcharts as well as comprehensive schemes of work with links to the curriculum.
Here’s a run down of what’s on offer:
Videos on YouTube
The Fanfare Competition playlist on our YouTube channel is full of videos that can be shown in the classroom. These include videos of musicians from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House playing excerpts of fanfares found in opera and ballet. You can also watch interviews with Antonio Pappano and composers Orlando Gough and Hannah Conway about ways of creating music.
The composer’s notebook is a visual mind map, full of little sparks of inspiration for students starting work on creating their short snappy fanfare.
We have developed a number of interactive whiteboard resources with Promethean Planet. These are free and can be used with SMARTboards or Promethean platforms. The three flipcharts, What is a Fanfare?, Composing a Fanfare and Fanfares: Their Musical Ingredients provide resources for a 30-minute music lesson.
Fanfare Curriculum Units
These units for both Key Stage 3 and 4 provide teachers with example schemes of work which link into the music curriculum, meaning they can get straight into working on the topic of fanfares with their students. These units were developed in collaboration with Chris Hiscock, General Adviser for Music Cambridgeshire County Council.
We hope you find the resources useful – if you have any feedback on elements that you’ve used in the past do let us know.