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2024 Fantastic Fanfares
  Compose a Fanfare!

Our Fantastic Fanfares composing competition has now entered its 7th year and is for young people in secondary education. We will divide entries by age:


  • Ages 8 to 11

  • Ages 11 to 14

  • Ages 15 to18


This year, we are delighted to have launched our new primary competition, Fabulous Fanfares for primary pupils aged 8-11. These younger pupils will be encouraged to ask for guidance and support by their teachers. Entries can be scored for either conventional instruments or electronic production. Please see YouTube links and further details below.


We are delighted and very grateful that the competition will again be supported by Dorico composing software.


This support will include:

        ● A Dorico Pro licence for the winner of the senior competition(s)

        ● A Dorico Elements licence for the first 25 entrants

Entrants may use any software (or none at all) but the prizes offer enthusiastic composers an opportunity to deepen and enhance their knowledge and skills.

Details of the competition have been sent to schools in Northwest London and nearby, but entries are very welcome from young people anywhere, so please share with any schools or young people who may be interested. Proms will help the winner/s with the final recording. The fanfares will be judged by Proms at St Jude’s and professional musicians, and we hope that the winning fanfare/s will be played during Proms 2024. 

Closing date 22 March 2024 - Ages 8 to 11


Closing date 26 January 2024 - Ages 11 to 14, 15 to 18


Full competition information can be downloaded below:

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If you have additional questions, please email


Proms at St Jude’s and DaCapo produced a 20 minute video and printable resource pack to support the Fanfare composition. This has been well received by secondary school music departments.

Both are available free to secondary music teachers and can be found on our Resources page.

In 2023, the winners were:

Nemunis Jusionis & Joseph Sainsbury

In previous years winners have come from a range of local schools, including Fortismere, Mill Hill County High School, Dame Alice Owens with entries coming from across London and beyond. Winning composers have also been invited onto the judging panel in the following year.

The 2023 winning compositions by Nemunis Jusionis and Joseph Sainsbury and their photographs are below:

Age 15-18
electronic production
Nemunis Jusionis.jpg

Photo by Michael Eleftheriades
Nemunis Jusionis
Ages 11-14,
conventional instruments
Joseph Sainsbury Fanfare Winner_edited_edited.jpg

Photo by Michael Eleftheriades
Joseph Sainsbury
Nemunis Jusionis 2023 Fanfare Winner 15-18 YearsNemunis Jusionis
00:00 / 01:57
Joseph Sainsbury 2023 Fanfare Winner 11-14 YearsJoseph Sainsbury
00:00 / 01:50

The winning compositions from previous years can be heard here:

Nicholas Delargy Crawley Fanfare - master 2
00:00 / 00:32
Fanfare Composition - NemunisArtist Name
00:00 / 00:40
Aaron Rambow Czarny - Fanfare - for audioArtist Name
00:00 / 00:36
St Jude's Awakening Fanfare Ethan Lieber Ethen Lieber
00:00 / 00:32
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