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***ENTRY DEADLINE: Midday 13 February 2015.***

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!

Congratulations to the 10 winners of the 2014 Fanfare Competition. From over 260 entries, you can hear two of our winning entries below. Please visit the Teachers Resources page and Students Resources page to hear how some of our winning entries sounded as an original entry and after being recorded by the Royal Opera House Orchestra.

Martha Herring, Oakham School, Fanfare

Theo Bentley Curtin, Exeter School, Fanfare for Dancing Giraffes

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

Enter now

Click here to enter the Fanfare competition. Please note that this is two-step process using both Survey Monkey and SoundCloud. If you have any questions about the Fanfare competition, please feel free to contact us on Alternatively, teachers can submit multiple entries here.