Fanfare for a Queen

Medieval Fanfare Competition   2019

We are looking for budding young composers between the ages of 11 and 18

to compose fanfares for the Medieval Pageant in Canterbury taking place on Saturday July 6th 2019. This is an annual community event celebrating Canterbury’s medieval heritage and in particular King Henry ll’s public apology for his involvement in the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170. The fanfares will be part of a processional piece heralding the approach of the King and his Queen Eleanor and will be publicly performed and recorded.


Fanfares should be written for Bb trumpets  in 3 or more parts and should last between 60 and 90 seconds. Fanfares can also include percussion parts although this is not a necessity. We are looking for two fanfares which should be inspired by the words

'The Power of the Queen' or  'Infernal'.


Applicants should send their compositions to Peter Cook, the Pageant Curator

by April 26  at the email below. We are hoping they will be judged by composer and trumpeter Paul Max Edlin.


The 2 winners will receive £40 in gift vouchers and have their fanfare performed on the day.


We are also looking for brass players and drummers to perform on the day. If you are interested in taking part please contact Peter Cook.


Thank you and good luck


Peter Cook, Pageant Curator