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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!

Entries for Fanfare 2016 open in March. If you have any questions about the competition, please feel free to contact us on

Fanfare music composition CPD workshop for teachers

Thursday 3 December 2015 | 3.30-6.30pm | Kesteven School, Lincoln
Friday 4 December 2015 | 3.30-6.30pm | Royal Opera House, London

Our Fanfare CPD workshop on classroom composition is full of creative ideas to use with KS3 and KS4 music students. Explore, experiment, listen and analyze using some of the world’s best known opera and ballet themes as stimulus material.

These CPD workshops are designed for secondary music teachers.

Our CPD workshop in Lincoln will be led by Duncan Chapman, composer, and Kim Waldock, Learning and Participation General Manager, Royal Opera House.

Our CPD workshop in London will be led by Steven Berryman, composer and Director of Music at City of London School for Girls.

To book a place or for further information email or call 020 7212 9148. Please indicate which CPD workshop you would like to attend and please state your full name, school name, school address and telephone number.

Teaching resources

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

Resources for students

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.