Applications are now open for Fanfare 2020. If you love writing music Fanfare is a great opportunity. You’ll have your music played by a real orchestra and broadcast at venues across Australia. Plus NEW in 2020, we’re offering 16 places to work with the Queensland Youth Orchestras culminating in a special concert event at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. If you need inspiration to get started listen back to past fanfares here. Time to get cracking! See the entry details here

Coming up on March 2, Artology is holding the Launch Party for the 2019 young composers at City Recital Hall. We are looking forward to hearing the fanfares at City Recital Hall and throughout the year at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (Qld), Ian Potter Southbank Centre (Vic), Perth Concert Hall (WA), Adelaide Festival Centre (SA) and Theatre North at The Princess (Tas). If you are interested in attending the launch email us here.

“I entered the fanfare competition for the amazing opportunity that was on offer. I first came across this competition in 2016 and it has been my goal ever since. It was unreal to receive that phone call, I finally felt good enough as a composer when I received the opportunity. I would recommend this experience to anyone”, says Claire Houghton (Age 18, NSW/Qld) Hear Claire’s fanfare ‘Excuse Me’

“I had two thoughts: “Wow this is amazing, this is why I compose!” and also “Damn, why’d I give the horns that C#…” It was very inspiring working with such awesome musicians in a great studio, and also a big learning experience regarding orchestration”, says Finn Clarke (Age 20, Tas) Hear Finn’s fanfare.

We are pleased to announce the Raw Filmmakers pilot program will be produced by ABC Indigenous. Recording for All My Friends are Racist by Enoch Mailangi commences July 2020. The story takes a look at the differences and complexities of not only different Indigenous people but non-Indigenous, and it reflects that in its tone. Young adults from various cultural backgrounds wanting the party to never end. Their life is a never-ending Janelle Monae music video. It’s loud and colourful!

Sam Weller was amongst one of the eight aspiring conductors to be selected to participate in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Conducting Academy, with training by Maestro Johannes Fritzsch. The program represents the significant contribution the TSO makes toward building future talent and career paths for talented, aspiring conductors. Congratulations Sam!

Image: Sam Weller from the TSO Conducting School

Brisbane Music Festival makes a significant contribution to the creation of new compositions through commissioning about 30 new works each festival. We were so thrilled to learn two past Fanfare participants Alexander Voltz and John Rotar plus our mentor composer Lyle Chan each received a commission in the recent festival.

Image: Lyle Chan, John Rotar and Alexander Voltz at the Brisbane Music Festival

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