Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

ROH launches fanfare competition

3:21, 8th January 2018

The Royal Opera House is inviting young musicians to enter its fanfare competition.

Now in its tenth year, the competition gives aspiring musicians aged between 11 and 18 years of age the chance to work with the Royal Opera’s music director Sir Antonio Pappano, composer and educator Steve Berryman, and musicians from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

The winners will be invited to record their fanfares, and the recordings will be played at every single performance throughout the season at the Royal Opera House to call audiences to their seats before curtain-up and to mark the end of intervals.

Young people can visit the ROH website to find activities and information to inspire them, a guide on using motifs in their composition, guidelines on structure, examples of past winners, and advice for adults working on the Fanfare competition.

Entrants must upload a score of their fanfare (Sibelius, PDF or PNG) and an audio file of their fanfare (MP3 or WAV) before midnight on 18 January. Winners will be invited to a workshop on 3 March and a recording session with Sir Antonio Pappano on 11 April. Both events will be hosted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Terms and conditions are available online. For any enquiries regarding the competitio, contact Fanfare@roh.org.uk.

Sir Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera, described a competition as ‘a wonderful opportunity for young people to demonstrate their creative talents’, adding: ‘It is a unique experience to work with young composers and so very exciting to record their compositions under their supervision.’


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