Fanfare Competition

Submission Deadline: 12 February 2010

We are looking for striking musical Fanfares to be played in the Royal Opera House before performances to let the audience know it’s time to take their seat.

If you are aged eleven to fourteen we want you, on your own or in groups, to create your own fanfare of no more than thirty seconds to win the chance to have your music arranged, recorded and played at the Royal Opera House.

If you are a KS3 teacher why not use this competition to create a composition project? We have created fanfare resources with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House to compliment the KS3 music curriculum.


The prize

The composers of the winning fanfares will attend a workshop and arrange their fanfare with a professional composer for the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The fanfares will be recorded by the Orchestra and used as the front of house announcement sounds to herald the start of the performance.



The winning entries will be chosen by a panel of Royal Opera House composers, conductors and professional musicians including Tony PappanoBarry Wordsworth and Orlando Gough.


What is a Fanfare?

A fanfare is a short piece of music that is designed to grab your attention. We have made some short films about fanfares to help you with your entry.
[Watch Films]


Teacher Resources

The Royal Opera house has a page in Teaching Music offering a KS3 Curriculum Unit Resource and supporting video and audio assets for use in the classroom to help your students engage with composition and take part in the competition. More films will be added throughout autumn 2009.


How to enter the competition

Entry for the competition is through NUMU. If you are unable to enter the competition through your school then we will accept electronic entries via email. Entries via e mail should be sent to with the subject heading 'Fanfare Competition Entry' and the audio file attached must be an mp3. All email entries must provide the composers name, date of birth, name of registering adult, contact address, contact telephone number and a contact email address. Postal entries will not be accepted. Please check our Terms and Conditions for further details.


Competition dates

Competition closing date: 12 February 2010
Announcement of the winning compositions: 2 March 2010
Winner’s workshops: 10 and 19 March 2010
Recording Session with the Royal Opera House Orchestra: 26 April 2010
Public premiere of the winning fanfares at the Royal Opera House: June 2010