Fantastic Fanfares

Our Fantastic Fanfares composing competition has now entered its 5th year and is for young people in secondary education.  Following an increase in the number and age range of entries in 2021, we will again divide entries by age (Key Stage 3 – ages 11 to 14 and Key Stages 4 & 5 – ages 15 to18). Entries can be scored for either conventional instruments or electronic production.

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

        ● 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 2022. 

Full details of the competition can be downloaded here (closing date 30 April 2022) and entry forms can be downloaded here. If you have additional questions, please email


In 2021, 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 whose feedback includes:

"This is an excellent resource! Thank you very much!"
"Very well put together, well done to the team"
“Amazing. Thank you so much. These resources are brilliant”

This is available free to secondary music teachers on request – please email:


We are planning to trial a competition for primary aged pupils in 2022 and are also working on some teaching ideas for Key Stage 3 classes on the theme of Fanfares – watch this space!

In 2021, the winners were:

Senior Competition: Aaron Czerny from Fortismere School

Junior Competition: Nemunis Jusionis from Mill Hill County High School

Their fanfares were played at the Last Night of St Jude’s Proms in July 2021, together with Ethan Lieber’s winning composition from 2020 (when there was no live Proms). We were also delighted to welcome Ethan back in 2021 as a member of the judging panel.

The winners can be seen in the picture below, with Joan Arnold from Proms at St Jude’s who initiated the competition.

Proms 2021 Fanfare Winners_edited.jpg
Photo by Michael Eleftheriades

The winning compositions can be heard here:

Fanfare Composition - NemunisArtist Name
00:00 / 00:40
Aaron Rambow Czarny - Fanfare - for audioArtist Name
00:00 / 00:36
St Jude's Awakening Fanfare V Ethan Artist Name
00:00 / 00:32

2020 winning fanfare by Ethan Lieber