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Guildhall students commissioned to compose 700th anniversary fanfare

To commemorate its 700th birthday, The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers has offered students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London an opportunity to compose a fanfare to be played at their ceremonial occasions

Run as a competition for composition and brass students, three finalists have been chosen from both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) and Junior Guildhall and have been recorded by Guildhall brass players. The entries had to include the solo fanfare and a two-to-three part brass arrangement.

The Armourers and Brasiers’ Company was founded in 1322 in the reign of Edward II as the London guild overseeing the production of armour in England, and the Armourers’ Hall near Moorgate is one of London’s most important historic buildings.

Although there’s not a lot of armour being made these days, the guild has an important role through its charitable organisation, The Gauntlet Trust, which gives grants to small charities, supports science in schools and funds education and research in Material Science at university level. It also rewards excellence in technical disciplines and leadership to young service personnel in the UK armed forces.

Three finalists for the fanfare competition have already been selected and all three pieces are available to see and hear  on the GSMD website.