Royal Conservatoire of Scotland composer pens a World Championships winner

Published: July 6, 2017


Thomas Brown, who recently graduated in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, has scored an ace by winning a competition to compose the medal ceremony music for the world’s most prestigious badminton championship.

Thomas Brown’s uplifting composition, Fanfare and Theme, will be heard on finals day at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 which takes place at Glasgow’s Emirates Area from August 21 to 27. Fanfare and Theme was recorded in Glasgow by a 30-piece orchestra comprised of Royal Conservatoire musicians.

The competition was open to students from Scotland’s national conservatoire – one of the world’s top three performing arts institutes – with Thomas’ piece impressing the panel of judges with its inspiring and ceremonial feel.

Graduate, Thomas, said: “It was great to have the opportunity to have something recorded by an orchestra such as this. I will be at the championship in August and I am very much looking forward to hearing my piece being played on finals day.”

BADMINTONscotland Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “In staging the World Championships we want to give young people the chance to showcase their skills whether on the badminton court or, indeed, in music. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire.”

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire, added: “Athletes and artists have something in common, absolute passion. They are in it for the long haul, in it for the glory of the thing itself, whether it be being one of the best in badminton or the best in violin playing.”

The event is being delivered by BADMINTONscotland in partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council and with funding support from EventScotland and The National Lottery through UK Sport.

Tickets available at www.glasgow2017.com/tickets