Music fit for the opera

Lauren Hunt will hear her own music in London
Lauren Hunt will hear her own music in London
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A musical student will have the honour of hearing her own composition played at the entrance of the world-famous Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Lauren Hunt, 14, is one of 10 youngsters nationwide to win an online competition to compose an original fanfare to be played in the ROH ‘front of house’ area from May.

The talented Petersfield School student, who created her winning tune in less than 30 seconds, was selected out of more than 275 entries by a prestigious judging panel of ROH professionals, including its music director Antonio Pappano.

Lauren, who has never visited the ROH, said: ‘I was so surprised to win! My head of music announced someone from our class was one of the winners. When he played the piece I realised it was mine!

‘I’m very excited to be going up to work with the Royal Opera House orchestra and can’t wait to see it premiered.’

Along with the other finalists, Lauren will take part in orchestration workshops with composer Duncan Chapman and attend the recording of their fanfare by the ROH orchestra in April.

They will also be invited to attend a performance at the opera house to hear the premiere of their fanfares as they are broadcast to the audience for the first time and will be credited in the performance programme.

Mr Pappano said: ‘People should be given the opportunity to experience classical music when they are young and my involvement with the fanfare competition has to do with getting young people to compose and seeing what happens.’

As part of her GCSE music course, Lauren has been learning about fanfares and using notation software to compose them.

The Petersfield School’s head of music James Eaton added: ‘We are all incredibly proud of Lauren.

‘It is an enormous achievement to win a national competition like this. Her piece showed real flair and I really look forward to hearing it performed in Covent Garden.’

The winning fanfares will replace the traditional hand-rung bell that signals the time for the audiences to take their seats in the auditorium before performances.