An anniversary fanfare in celebration of 500 years

To mark the RCP’s 500th anniversary we have collaborated with the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and commissioned composer Joseph Howard in a specially written piece, Fanfare. Fanfare was premiered at the RCP’s day of celebratory anniversary events on Sunday 23 September, exactly 500 years after the organisation’s charter was signed by Henry VIII. It was performed by the quintet London Metropolitan Brass.

In this new commission, we are delighted to work with an award-winning RAM postgraduate student and to showcase the world-premiere of his visionary composition Fanfare in celebration of our 500 year history. Howard won the National Centre for Early Music’s Young Composers Competition in 2013 and was the Manson Fellow of Composition 2016-17 at RAM and is this year’s Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company.

Howard says 'I was very excited to be asked to write a piece to celebrate the 500th anniversary of this important historic institution. For Fanfare, I wanted to create a piece that matched the mood of this joyous celebratory occasion and I believe this will lift the audience’s spirits.’