Cheltenham Music Festival Opens Birthday Fanfare Competition for 75th Anniversary

Cheltenham Music Festival Artistic Director Alison Balsom (photo credit: Jason Joyce)

Cheltenham Music Festival Artistic Director Alison Balsom (photo credit: Jason Joyce)

Cheltenham Music Festival will announce its 75th birthday with a Fanfare for Three Trumpets, which needs to be created by a talented composer. The Festival is calling for composers of all ages and musical ability to submit a fanfare, with a cash prize of £250 for the winner.

The closing date is Monday, July 1, with the winning fanfare to be performed by professional musicians on the Free Stage in Cheltenham's Imperial Gardens and all over town on Friday, July 5.

The competition is open to anyone who can compose and notate a simple score for three trumpets lasting between 1 and 2 minutes. The fanfare will be performed as the opening event of the Free Stage program, heralding three days of free concerts showcasing jazz, folk, indie, gospel and world music and family activities. The Opening Weekend is presented in partnership with Classic FM.

Judging the competition will be trumpet virtuoso and Music Festival Artistic Director Alison Balsom. She said: "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."

Help is at hand on the Cheltenham Festivals website with a How To Guide to writing and submitting a fanfare. Entrants will need to submit a written score as both a PDF and a MP3 file by 5pm on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Full festival details can be found on Cheltenham Festivals’ website.

Cheltenham Music Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, July 5 to 14, and its first under the direction of new Artistic Director Alison Balsom. Celebrated from its inception for championing new music, the 2019 Festival features more than 20 world premieres. International performers and ensembles include the London Symphony Orchestra, Nicola Benedetti & Academy of Ancient Music, CBSO & Alison Balsom, Wynton Marsalis, Manchester Camerata & Jess Gillam, Danielle de Niese, Sam Mendes, Simon Russell Beale and a Community Opera Finale.

Cheltenham Music Festival is part of Cheltenham Festivals, a charity which brings the arts and sciences to audiences, supports emerging talent, and delivers a pioneering year-round educational program, culminating at the town's internationally-acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals.