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Fanfare 2017

Entries for this year’s Fanfare composition competition are now closed, thank you to everyone who entered this years competition.

We are pleased to announce the winners for Fanfare 2017 are:

Alarna Phillips & Lauren Tucker, Potton Middle School

Ben Pease Barton, City of Norwich School

Cian O'Dwyer, Queens Bridge School

Harry Boulton, Stanborough School

Kazusa Taniguchi, Purcell School

Lucy Wickers, Chelmsford County High School

Nathan Reeves, Cumnor House School

Oscar Dowling & Frankie Wallis, Potton Middle School

Pranav Senthil Kumar, Nottingham High School

Will Harmer, Perse School

Keep an eye and an ear out for their winning compositions in the coming months.

About the competition

Fanfare is a creative composition opportunity for students aged between 11 and 18. It can be used as a classroom activity or for talented individuals.

Follow a series of challenges, and listen to some extraordinary repertory from the forthcoming Royal Opera House Season to devise your own fanfare and learn to write for an ensemble of professional musicians.

Winning entrants will be invited to the Royal Opera House to workshop their compositions with mentors and musicians from the Orchestra. Returning a few weeks later with their refined works to hear their music come to life played by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the direction of Music Director and conductor Antonio Pappano. These recordings are then used to call our audiences into the performances every night of the following Season.

You can see the impact of the Fanfare competition for our winners in this BBC feature about Jack Pepper and listen to the Fanfare 2016 winning entries here.

Keep an eye out for details on how to enter Fanfare 2018!

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

Tips for using the Fanfare project to encourage young people to create their own music.