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  Compose a Fanfare!

2024 Fantastic Fanfare Competition

We are proud to celebrate the 7th year of our Fabulous Fanfare Competition for young musicians, encoring young composers. This year's completion will be divided into three age brackets, introducing for the first time a competition for primary aged pupils aged 8 to 11. 


  • Ages 8 to 11

  • Ages 11 to 14

  • Ages 15 to18


Younger pupils will be encouraged to ask for guidance and support from their teachers. All entries will be scored either for conventional instruments or for electronic production.


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 and Ages 15 to 18


Full competition information can be downloaded 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.

Proms at St Jude’s and DaCapo produced a 20 minute video to support the Fanfare Competition.


Additionally a Printable Resource Pack is available for download. 


Our Education Resources page may have additional information of interest to you.


If you have additional questions, please email

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.

2023 Winner
Age 15-18
electronic production
2023 Winner
Ages 11-14,
conventional instruments
Nemunis Jusionis.jpg

Photo by Michael Eleftheriades
Joseph Sainsbury Fanfare Winner_edited_edited.jpg

Photo by Michael Eleftheriades
Nemunis Jusionis
Joseph Sainsbury
Nemunis Jusionis 2023 Fanfare Winner 15-18 YearsNemunis Jusionis
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Joseph Sainsbury 2023 Fanfare Winner 11-14 YearsJoseph Sainsbury
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