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Fanfare Competition - Winners Announced!

Ten young people will have the chance to showcase their composing skills in front of thousands.

By Kate Hodson (Former Learning and Participation Manager (Opera))

12 April 2012 at 9.01am | 4 Comments

After a shortlisting and selection process involving staff and artists from the Royal Opera House, we are pleased to announce that the following 10 fanfares were chosen as winners of this year's Fanfare competition:

Key Stage 3 (age 11-14)

  • Kethaki Prathivadi - North Halifax Grammar School, Halifax
  • Junaid Rehman - High Storrs School, Sheffield
  • Joseph Beesley  - Eltham College,  London
  • Molly Conrad - New Hall School, Essex
  • Francis Wignall - Oakham School, Rutland
  • Dafydd Davies - Ysgol Bryngwyn School, Carmarthenshire
  • Diego Perez Alvarez - St Mary's College, Hull

Key Stage 4 (age 15-16)

  • Bertie Baigent - The Cherwell School, Oxford
  • William Gough - The Purcell School, Hertfordshire
  • Alex Woolf  - Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge

Listen to the winners

The annual Fanfare competition is open to 11-16 year olds and gives young people the opportunity to create a short piece of music to alert to alert thousands of people to return to their seats during the intervals during performances of opera and ballet.

As with previous years, the standard of entries was extremely high and we'd like to thank everyone who composed entries. The short listing panel and judges were particularly impressed by the final 10 Fanfares for their attention-grabbing qualities and creative flair.

We're excited to meet all the winners in the coming weeks when they visit the Royal Opera House to work with composer Duncan Chapman and members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House to develop and scale up their original ideas for a full orchestra.

Their final fanfares will be recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the baton of Antonio Pappano. They can then be heard before and during all performances at the Royal Opera House  for a year from Saturday 30 June when the winners will attend a special reception with their teachers and family.

More information can be found on our Fanfare page.

By Kate Hodson (Former Learning and Participation Manager (Opera))

12 April 2012 at 9.01am

This article has been categorised Learning, Music, Off stage and tagged Education, fanfare, Music

This article has 4 comments

  1. Well done, Bertie

  2. Beadle responded on 12 May 2012 at 1:52pm Reply

    local paper and ROH website says that the fanfares can be heard at but message on trying it says that it does not exist. Is there a problem or will the page be available soon?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 14 May 2012 at 9:28am

      Since the launch of the new site, we've been adding content and pages daily. This is one element that hasn't been added yet but it will be very soon.


      Social Media Manager

  3. Catherine responded on 1 June 2012 at 1:08pm Reply

    Will we be able to hear the full orchestral versions soon? That would be great

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