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Winners of 2015 Fanfare Competition for young composers announced

12 secondary school pupils will have their fanfares orchestrated and recorded by the Royal Opera House Orchestra.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

4 March 2015 at 4.51pm | 1 Comment

The winners of the 2015 Fanfare Competition have been announced.

The competition, now in its sixth year, invites young people aged 11–16 to compose and record their own short piece of music, with winning fanfares played to thousands of audience members attending a performance at the Royal Opera House.

This week the twelve winners took part in workshops, working with composer Duncan Chapman and members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House to arrange and perfect their fanfares.

‘Before the workshops we were both very nervous, expecting all the other entrants to be experienced, serious musicians,’ says Sam and Finlay from Kingswood School in Bath. ‘But it’s been a lot different to what we expected and actually just really fun.’

The winning entries have been selected by a panel from the Royal Opera House, including Music Director of The Royal Ballet Barry Wordsworth, composer Charlotte Bray and Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano.

The compositions will be orchestrated and recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in April, before being played to the Covent Garden audience for the first time at a Royal Ballet performance on 30 May.

‘It’s an incredible thing to conduct a group of professionals playing a piece of music that you came up with one day in a music lesson at school,’ says Charlotte Wilson from Stoneygate School in Leicester. ‘To think that my fanfare will not only be played by one of the biggest orchestras in the UK, but to thousands of people attending a performance at this amazing venue, is just insane!’

For the full list of winners and to listen to their original entry recordings, visit our Fanfare page.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

4 March 2015 at 4.51pm

This article has been categorised Learning and tagged announcement, competition, composers, composition, Education, fanfare, Music, winners

This article has 1 comment

  1. Leigh James responded on 16 March 2015 at 9:09pm Reply

    Congratulations to all of the winners of this year's competition. It is a fabulous competition, and I have seen first-hand how vital it is in helping to motivate pupils.

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