Winners of Royal Opera House Fanfare competition announced

12 young composers’ compositions to be performed and recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House
Published: March 6, 2015 at 12:59 pm

The winners of the Royal Opera House’s Fanfare competition have been announced.


Selected from over 170 entries, 12 young composers aged between 11 and 16 have been chosen to have pieces performed and recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and played during performance intervals in the future.

The compositions were Judged by a panel that included music director of the Royal Opera Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Ballet Barry Wordsworth and composer Charlotte Bray, and they will be heard for the first time by the Covent Garden audience and the composers themselves on the 30 May.

Speaking of her experience of the competition so far, 13-year-old winner Charlotte Wilson from Stoneygate School in Leicester says, '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!’

The competition, now in its sixth year, has seen the fanfares of over 50 young composers performed and recorded at the Royal Opera House. This year’s entrants were asked to create a piece that celebrates music director Antonio Pappano, who has conducted all of the fanfares since the beginning of the competition.

Click here to listen to all 12 winning fanfares.

List of Royal Opera House Fanfare competition winners

Charlotte Wilson, 13 (Stoneygate School, Leicester)

Chris Wilkinson, 12 (Hinchley Wood School, Esher)

Emily Hazrati, 16 (Putney High School, London)

Emma Shaw, 14 (Queen’s Elizabeth Grammar, Alford)

Finlay Paul and Sam Hill, both 12 (Kingswood School, Bath)

Frederick Renyard, 14 (Wellington School, Somerset)

Juliette Feest, 12 (Ormiston Six Villages Academy, Chichester)

Nathan Fuller and Elijah Denton, both 12 (Burgoyne Middle School, Bedfordshire)

Oliver Wilshaw, 12 (Woodland Middle School, Bedfordshire)

Thomas Brook, 14 (Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar, Alford)

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