Francis Wignall composes a winning fanfare for the Royal Opera House

Oakham School pupil Francis Wignall, 13, who has won a competition to write a fanfare for the Royal Opera House
Oakham School pupil Francis Wignall, 13, who has won a competition to write a fanfare for the Royal Opera House
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A FANFARE composed by a teenager will be heard by audiences at the Royal Opera House.

Francis Wignall, 13, who lives in Uppingham, is one of the winners of the Royal Opera House’s annual fanfare competition to create a 30-second piece of music.

Francis, a pupil at Oakham School, won in the 11 to 14 age category.

His fanfare will be played throughout the year at the beginning of ballet and opera performances to signal for the audience to take their seats.

Francis has already paid a visit to the Royal Opera House in London to meet the composer, who will help to develop his piece into a fully-orchestrated piece of work. It will be recorded by the Royal Opera House’s orchestra next month.

Francis said: “I was really astonished when I found out I had won. It’s the first piece of music I’ve written.

“Going to the Royal Opera House to meet members of the orchestra was amazing and now I’ll be going back on June 30th to hear my fanfare being premiered during a ballet performance.”

Oakham School’s director of music Peter Davis added: “We are absolutely delighted to hear that Francis is one of the winners in this national competition and we are particularly pleased because this means that an Oakham School pupil has been chosen as one of the ten winners for the third year running.”

The previous winners from the school were Lucy-Rose Graham and Charlie Abbott.