CNS student wins Royal Opera House composing competition

A musical student from City of Norwich School has won a composition competition at the Royal Opera House.


16 year old Ben Pease-Barton plays percussion, piano and accordion and studies composition at the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians (NCYM) with David Stowell.

Ben created a composition based on a 30 second fanfare and along with the other winning entrants, will be invited to the Royal Opera House to workshop his compositions with mentors and musicians from the Orchestra. His music will then be played by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Ben Pease-Barton, a Year 12 student said:

"I come from very much a folk background so from a young age I just played along with the folk music that was going on around me. I used to go along to Irish folk sessions with a djembe as my Dad also played the djembe, and I developed a quite a strong sense of rhythm. I think I was in Year 4 when I decided that I wanted to learn to play notes, not just rhythms, so I started having piano lessons around then."

Mr. Sunderland, Subject Leader for Music at CNS said:

"Ben shows such great enthusiasm for all sorts of music and is an exceptional composer. He works hard to engage with a variety of musical styles in analysis and wider listening to inform his compositional style which is a fantastic way to work. This all culminates in Ben being an absolute joy to teach and nurture his embedded love of music. We wish him all the best for this project."

City of Norwich School has a partnership with the Norfolk Music Hub and the Guildhall School for Music and Drama in London, and the NCYM meets every Saturday during term time at the academy.