ROH Fanfare Motif Bank10 mins
A motif in a piece of music is a dominant or repeating idea. It is an important musical gesture which a composer uses as a building block. A motif is usually an idea that lends itself to experimentation and change, and has clearly defined features that a composer will manipulate to develop their musical ideas.
- A completed Fanfare application form
- A score of your fanfare
- An MP3 file of your fanfare
ROH Fanfare 2018
Calling young composers!
Fanfare is a creative composition opportunity for students aged between 11 and 18.
Follow a series of challenges to devise your own fanfare, listen to some extraordinary repertoire from the forthcoming season and learn to write for an ensemble of professional musicians.
Winning entrants will be invited to the Royal Opera House to workshop their compositions with composer/educator Steven Berryman and musicians from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. They will return a few weeks later with their refined works to hear their music come to life played by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the direction of Music Director and conductor Sir Antonio Pappano.
The winning fanfares will be recorded and used to call our audiences into the performances every night of the following season.
We encourage you to study the short excerpts of musical ideas provided and come up with an original, creative piece which would be suitable as an attention-grabbing fanfare.
You can see the impact of the Fanfare competition for our winners in this BBC feature about Jack Pepper and listen to past Fanfares below.
Entries for Fanfare 2018 open on Wednesday 3 January 2018 and close on Thursday 18 January. If you have any questions about the competition please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Enter the Fanfare Competition
3 January 2018 Entries open
18 January 2018 Entries close
9 February 2018 Winners announced
3 March 2018 Orchestration workshops at the Royal Opera House, London
11 April 2018 Recording of winning fanfares at the Royal Opera House, London
How to submit your entry
Applicants will be required to submit the following:
Guidance on how to submit your entry will be available when applications open in January.
Terms and conditions
Please read our terms and conditions (below) carefully before you start your fanfare composition project.