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Fanfare

Wow! What an amazing experience it has been! It was an experience I cannot explain in words, to hear my composition played by the orchestra.

Kethaki Prathivadi, 13, Fanfare Winner (2012)

The Fanfare competition supports young people interested in music to learn how to create and record their own composition. Winning entrants are invited to the Royal Opera House to spend a day with a professional composer and members of our Orchestra and create a final recording of their piece which will be played before performances every night.

The competition is designed to help students learn more about Fanfares and compositional techniques and to discover a passion for creating music of any style and genre. It is open to anyone aged 11 to 16: entrants don’t need to be able to read music or have studied the subject for years, we encourage creativity and something that will grab our attention. One music teacher tells us how he uses the competition to inspire and motivate his pupils.

Winning entrants are invited to the Royal Opera House to develop their Fanfare with help from Duncan Chapman, a professional composer, and members of our Orchestra. Once completed, winners will be invited back to the Royal Opera House to take part in a recording session with the Orchestra and Antonio Pappano. The Fanfares will be performed to thousands before every main stage performance over the next season.

To support both young people and teachers, we have created a set of teaching resources and films that will help you teach, research, understand and create Fanfares. You can use these to teach the subject at any time, but keep checking this page for details of when the next competition opens, or you can be added to our mailing list by emailing us.

Find out more in our News & Features section.

Watch the film below to see the process from composition to recording unfold.

Congratulations to the 10 winners of the 2014 Fanfare Competition. From over 260 entries, you can hear the winning ten below.

Jack Griffiths, Kings House Richmond, Playa

Joshua Dreyer, Burgoyne Middle School, Sparta

 Aliyah Vara / Zara Lawrence, Burgoyne Middle School, The Devil's Playground

Theo Bently Curtin, Exeter School, Fanfare for Dancing Giraffes

Tom Gibson, Cottenham Village College, The Emperor's Train

Morgan Overton, Oakham School, Hét

Martha Herring, Oakham School, HERRING 

Willow Mickel, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar

Tobias Clarke, Queen Elizabeth's Grammar, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow!

 Daniel Harding, Marling School, Birth of a New Generation

Watch our Fanfare films for further inspiration!