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Ever wanted to hear your music played at the Royal Opera House? Our Fanfare competition gives young people the chance to create their own composition to be played before our performances every night.

Winning entrants will be invited to a day at the Royal Opera House where they will work with Duncan Chapman, a professional composer and members of our orchestra to perfect their Fanfares before taking 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.

The competition is open to anyone aged 11-16 and you don’t need to have studied music, or even be able to read music, instead we encourage creativity and ask you to create something that will grab our attention. All you need to do is record your 30 second Fanfare and submit it in MP3 format. You can sing it, play it on an instrument or use music software – anything goes!

Fanfare 2015

Congratulations to the 12 winners of the 2015 Fanfare Competition. Their compositions will be orchestrated and recorded by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in April, before being played to Covent Garden audiences for the first time at a Royal Ballet performance on 30 May.

Listen to their original entries below:

Teachers Resources

If you want to use the Fanfare competition as part of your lessons, we’ve created a range of resources for you here.

Students Resources

For inspiration on how to get started, have a look at the resources here.

Run your own Fanfare competition

If you think you could use Fanfare to encourage young people in your area to create their own music, take a look at our guidance pack.

How to enter

Entries are now closed for 2015. If you have any questions about the Fanfare competition, please feel free to contact us on