Heartfelt congratulations to Year 9 Purcell pupil, Kazusa Taniguchi, whose fanfare inspired by Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ was one of ten winning compositions in The Royal Opera House (ROH) Fanfare 2017 composition competition.

Kazusa’s winning piece, which the panel praised for being ‘mysterious and cheeky’, was taken by proxy to the ROH by past Fanfare winner and Purcell Composition Department Assistant, Josh Hagley, where it was workshopped by composer Charlotte Bray, players from the Orchestra of the ROH, and students from the Masters in Composition programme at The Royal Academy of Music (RAM).

Kazusa, with the help of her Fanfare mentor, is now refining the work and will return in June 2017 to hear the piece come to life when played and recorded by the Orchestra of the ROH under the direction of Music Director and conductor Antonio Pappano.

Throughout the following season, recordings of the ten winning entries will be used nightly to call audiences into the performances.

Honourable mention must also be made of Year 7 Purcell pupil, James Perrin, who was shortlisted in the competition and whose piece, which was admired for being ‘lively in nature’ and was also inspired by ‘The Magic Flute’, was Highly Commended.