Cheltenham Music Festival open for fanfare submissions

Cheltenham Music Festival is set to celebrate its 75th birthday and is calling for composers to submit a fanfare for three trumpets.

The closing date for the competition is Monday 1 July, with a cash prize of £250 for the winner.

The winning fanfare will be performed by professional musicians at Cheltenham’s Imperial Gardens on the Free Stage and across the town on Friday 5 July.

The competition is open to all ages and musical abilities who can compose and notate a score for three trumpets lasting between one to two minutes.

The fanfare will open the event on the Free Stage, with the festival subsequently showcasing jazz, folk, indie, gospel, world music and family activities.

Competition entrants need to submit a written score as a PDF and MP3 file by 5pm on Monday 1 July.

A How To Guide to writing and submitting a fanfare is available on the Cheltenham Festival website.

Alison Balsom, music festival artistic director and trumpet virtuoso, will be judging the competition and she says: ‘We want to launch our Opening Weekend in style and what better way to get everyone’s attention than Cheltenham’s very own fanfare.  I am looking forward to hearing all the entries and choosing a fanfare that will capture the excitement of our 75th anniversary. I hope lots of people of all ages will be inspired to enter.’

Celebrated for championing new music, Cheltenham Music Festival takes place from 5 to 4 July 2019.

For more information, please visit cheltenhamfestivals.com.