19 November 2021

College winners pick-up Royal Opera House Design Challenge awards

Royal Opera House Design Challenge winners

At the start of the academic year, Royal Opera House Design Challenge winners from East Sussex College Lewes collected their awards at a special Winners Day event in London.

The winners were announced back in May and it was almost a clean sweep for Lewes students as they took three of the five awards in the FE category. This year’s challenge required students to submit set designs and marketing strategies for the classic French opera, Carmen. The successful students collected their awards in a Winners Day event at the Royal Opera House last term.

For the ninth consecutive year, East Sussex College Lewes students celebrated success in the prestigious Royal Opera House Design Challenge. In May, it was announced that three of the College’s students had won awards in the competition.

Trinity Bird, 18, from Haywards Heath, won the award for Best Set Design and George Trant, 18, from Uckfield, won Best Marketing Strategy and Design. The third winner for East Sussex College was Echo Goddard, 18, from Lewes, who received the Director’s Choice Award.

The three winners were joined by the 2020 winning candidate, Charlotte Dance, who was crowned the winner of the Set Design category with her piece themed around Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 masterpiece, La bohème. At the time of the 2020 awards, Charlotte studied Level 3 Art & Design at ESC Lewes. Charlotte had to wait an extra year to pick-up her well-deserved award!

Mark Watts, Assistant Principal at ESC Lewes, said, “We are delighted to be celebrating the success of our creative students once again. This is a fantastic record for the College and an amazing experience for the students, who can move on from ESC with this award on the CV and work in their portfolio.”

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To find a full list of the 2021 winners at the Royal Opera House Design Challenge, please click here. To dive in deeper into what the College students had to do for the challenge, check out this video on our YouTube channel!