18 February 2013 at 5.35pm | Comment on this article
If you’re 11 to 16 years old and enjoy creating music there's still time to enter this year’s Fanfare Competition Fanfare offers young composers the chance to create the music that calls our daily audience of thousands into Royal Opera House performances on the Main Stage.
We’re looking for exciting ideas that will really grab attention and stand out from the crowd. All you need to do is record your idea and submit it as an MP3 before Monday 4 March. You can record your proposal any way you like;sing it, play it on an instrument or use music software – anything goes!
If you're after inspiration, watch Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano on what makes a good fanfare.
Listen to one of last year's winners, Junaid Rehman, whose original submission was created using music software. We really liked how much drive and force was in his musical idea and knew it had real potential to be developed:
After he was selected as one of the 10 winners, Junaid worked closely with a composer and musicians from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House to develop his initial ideas, working out how he wanted it to sound when played by an orchestra. Professional composer Duncan Chapman then wrote and orchestrated Junaid’s ideas into the final fanfare, which is now played over the front of house tannoy to alert audiences to take their seats. Take a listen to the final version here:
If you want the chance to work with a professional composer and have your music heard by thousands, we'd love to hear your initial ideas. Good luck!