Announcing the 2017-18 Fanfare Participants

Congratulations to everyone who entered the competition this year.  

We are pleased to announce the following eight young people who will participate in the Fanfare workshop sessions to have their compositions refined and finally recorded by the fabulous Australian Youth Orchestra and then broadcast at venues around Australia.

In no particular order the selected eight are:

Kailesh Reitsman [Age 19] Studying at AIM, NSW
Joshua van de Ven [Age 15] Studying at Emmaus College, Vic
Ronan Apcar [Age 16] Studying at Sydney Conservatorium High School, NSW
Ayda Akbal [Age 15] Studying at St Leonard’s College, Vic
Eric Bai [Age 13] Studying at Wesley College, Glen Waverley, Vic
Hannah Hunt [Age 16] Studying at Belmont High School, Vic
Scott van Gemert [Age 20] Studying at James Morrison Academy, SA
Caitlin Buchan [Age 15] Studying at Bendigo South East Secondary College, Vic

List of Special Commendation

We wish to commend a number of young people on their Fanfares as there were many compositions short-listed and each ranked very highly with the judging panel.

Geoffrey Carman, Samuel Jackson, Zac de Silva, Alexander Owens, Jack Stacey, Connor Pendlebury, Scott van Gemert, Adrian Law, Noah van der Meer, Benjamin Lau, Molly Fleming, Oscar Sweeney, Corey Murphy, Joel Agius, Timothy O’Malley, Wellington Dulay, Kelly Ryu, Hamish Ander, Tilly Jones, William Gordon, Susannah Wong, Joel Arius, Jordan Asmussen, Miriam Jeffrey, Nicholas Kimura, Veronica Tsang, Ivy Zhang, Elden Loomes, Liam Ferguson and Liam Costello.

Good luck with your studies an we hope you will consider entering the competition again.

If you weren’t selected this year and would like to discuss your Fanfare with us – attend our mentor workshop session. 

We will be holding a session in July if you are interested in discussing your work with our mentor composers Nick Vines and Lyle Chan. If you live outside of the Sydney CBD and would like to attend we can make arrangements to Skype you into the session.

We will be holding the session:
Saturday 22 July, 10am-2pm
Lvl 3, 175 Macquarie Street, Sydney

To reserve a place email:

Where will you hear the fanfares in 2018?

In 2018, you will be hearing the fanfares in more fine venues around Australia – isn’t that amazing!

We are pleased to be partnering with the Art Gallery Society of NSW, the Adelaide Festival Centre, the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Perth Concert Hall to extend the reach of the program and have the works heard by many more people around Australia.