Arts Hub Applause: Editor Richard Watt, 3 July 2019 

Eight aspiring young composers have been selected as winners in Australia’s Fanfare competition. Their 30-second works will greet visitors at venues including Arts Centre Melbourne, Adelaide Festival Centre, Perth Concert Hall and Queensland Performing Arts Centre in the coming months.

The Fanfare competition invites young Australians aged 12 to 21 to submit a 30-second piece of music – a fanfare – to be played at participating venues instead of traditional audience cue bells. Over 80 entries were received from every state and territory across Australia for this year’s competition.

The eight selected composers will now workshop their compositions with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Australian composers Nicholas Vines, Lyle Chan and Chrysoulla Markoulli.

The 2019 Fanfare Competition Winners (in no particular order) are:

Jasmine Lai [Age 12], Coronation Fanfare, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, VIC

Sebastian Lingane [Age 17], The Beginnings of a Journey, Brisbane Boys’ College, QLD

Finn Clarke [Age 20], Epiphany, UTAS Conservatorium of Music, TAS

James Brew [Age 12], Jubilation, Sydney Grammar School, NSW

Audrey Ormella [Age 16], The Colour of Potential, Dulwich High School of Visual Arts, NSW

Yuzhi Wang [Age 14], Momentum Fanfare, Sydney Conservatorium High School, NSW

Daniel Duque [Age 19], Fanfare Horizon, Australian National University, ACT

Claire Houghton [Age 18], Excuse Me!, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW

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