Submissions are open until Monday 3 June for the 2019 Fanfare Competition for young people aged 12-21 years to compose a short 30 second work. Now in its sixth year, the Fanfares are broadcast annually to 100,000 visitors attending events at our partnering venues around Australia!

The selected eight young people work with professional mentors and have their work recorded by the talented musicians at the Australian Youth Orchestra. The fanfares are broadcast throughout the year at the Art Gallery of NSW, Adelaide Festival Centre, Perth Concert Hall, Art Centre Melbourne and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

If you are thinking of entering the Fanfare Competition and need help getting started check out the Free Resources and listen to past Fanfare participants.

If you’d like to contact us directly please phone (02) 8007 7322 or email


William Elvin, ‘Just have a go. Having your writing mentored by Lyle and Nick is so helpful and getting it played by an orchestra is a fantastic experience.’ 

Timothy O’Malley, ‘I would encourage them to go for it since it’s such a fantastic opportunity.’

Aurora Lahur, ‘Just go for it and start working on it early on. You never know – you might get chosen!’

Sheree Kuan, ‘Just go for it. You’ve got nothing to lose, and it’s a really great experience to collaborate with others who love music as much as you do.’

Ezra Hersch, ‘I would say that it’s definitely worth it. It’s such an incredible and unique experience, which helps guide you to create something to be proud of. I would recommend it to anyone interested in composition.’

Benjamin Lau, ‘If you’re interested, you should absSaveolutely enter this year. Listen to as many pieces of music as possible, look at loads of orchestral scores and study them to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals and techniques of scoring in order to elevate your own composition.’

Maddie Hughes, ‘Think big! An orchestra has such a colourful world to explore, so don’t be afraid to try new ideas’.


Did you know that if your Fanfare is selected it will be broadcast at our 5 partner venues across Australia including the Art Gallery of NSW?

The Art Gallery Society of NSW present Resonate, an annual concert series and the fanfares are broadcast in the halls of the great masters. Each participant is interviewed on stage to a very supportive audience. Before the concert there is an exclusive viewing of a current exhibition. Find out more on where you can hear the Fanfares


This year for the first time 4MBS Classic FM are broadcasting the fanfares and interviewing a number of participates!

You can hear an interview with William Elvin and Benjamin Lau on the My Musical Journey program broadcast on Saturday 18 May, 8.10am (repeated on Sunday 8pm) on 4MBS Classic FM 103.7. You can also hear it anywhere in the world via the online stream