19 July 2012 at 10.15am | Comment on this article
Audience members at a recent performance of the Birthday Offering triple were given a bonus premiere of new work - the ten fanfares to be played throughout the coming 2012/13 season.
The pieces were written by ten young composers aged 11-16 from all over the UK and were selected from hundreds of entries to be recorded with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Each young composer worked with Music Director Antonio Pappano to develop their piece.
As part of the recent premiere alongside their family, friends and teachers; the composers were welcomed with a celebratory reception before hearing their fanfares played in the busy front of house areas for the very first time.
I thought the whole experience was wonderful, especially when I found out that James May was watching the performance! It was an unforgettable experience that I will keep with me forever."
- Diego Pérez–Àlvarez, Age 15, St Mary’s College, Hull
See our photo gallery for an insight into the workshops and recording session.
Listen to the final fanfare compositions: