05 March 2015

Paris makes Opera House history

​​A soaring fanfare composed by a St Catherine's student was heard in public for the first time at the Sydney Opera House this week.

Violinist and singer, Paris Francis of Year 9 was one of eight young people from across Australia who won a competition to reimagine the bell the audience hears to encourage them to take their seats.

The new fanfares will be heard throughout this year's 1700 performances, making Paris one of Australia’s most performed composers at the Opera House in 2015!

Paris said her fanfare drew on inspiration from Westminster Abbey which she visited last year as part of the St Catherine’s music tour.

"I wanted to start with something that would grab people’s attention and end with something really big so they would know they needed to go to their seats," she said. "The whole piece is a crescendo."

Paris’ Year 9 Mentor, English teacher Mrs Jane Smith said "What a wonderful accolade for Paris. And such wonderful recognition of the music department in the way they inspire students with their teaching and the opportunities they offer, including the music tour last year."

Read more in this Sydney Morning Herald news story.