NCYM is the flagship Music School of Norfolk Music Hub and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.

Student wins Royal Opera House composing competition

We are thrilled that NCYM student Ben Pease-Barton has won a composition competition at the Royal Opera House.

Ben, a student at City of Norwich School, plays percussion in the Norfolk Symphonic Wind Band as well as piano and accordion, and studies composition at NCYM with David Stowell.

David said “I have the pleasure of working with Ben on composition as part of the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians. He has a huge passion for music and a very creative mind. This work with the Royal Opera House is a fantastic achievement by a fantastic young musician. He is now writing a String quartet for professional performers to be played as part of the Kings Lynn Music Festival!”

Fanfare is a creative composition opportunity for students aged between 11 and 18 to write a 30 second fanfare. Along with the other winning entrants, Ben will be invited to the Royal Opera House to workshop his compositions with mentors and musicians from the Orchestra. He will return a few weeks later to hear the music come to life played by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the direction of Music Director and conductor Antonio Pappano. The winning fanfares will be recorded and used to call audiences into the performances every night of the following season.

Ben is also one of our three Leverhulme Scholars for 2017 – read our interview with them here.