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Calling young composers!

Fanfare is a creative composition opportunity for individuals or classroom work for students aged between 11 and 18. Follow a series of challenges to devise your own fanfare, listen to some extraordinary repertoire and learn to write for an ensemble of professional musicians.

Winning entrants will be invited to workshop their compositions and hear them played and recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the direction of Music Director and conductor Antonio Pappano.

Recorded fanfares will be used to call our audiences into performances throughout the 2016/17 Season. Listen to the winning fanfares here.

Entries for Fanfare 2016 are now closed. If you have any questions about the competition please contact us at

Fanfare learning resources

Insights, challenges and activities to help you create your own fanfare.

How to enter the Fanfare competition

Key dates, how to submit your entry, and terms and conditions.

Listen to past winning fanfares

Get inspiration by listening to a selection of past winning fanfares.

Run your own Fanfare competition

Guidance on using Fanfare to encourage young people in your area to create their own music.