Young winners announced for 2020 Fanfare Competition

A unique opportunity for budding young composers from 12 to 21.

During these uncertain times, Artology has pressed on with the 2020 Fanfare Competition. We have taken the responsibility seriously conducting workshops via zoom and physical distancing. The upcoming recording session and concert event will be adjusted accordingly.

Artology received over 100 entries from young people across Australia aged 12-21 year to take up the challenge to come up with a 30-second musical work to stop folks in their tracks! Selected participants work with mentors – Nicholas Vines, Lyle Chan, Nicole Murphy, Alexander Voltz and Chrysoulla Markoulli, to develop their ideas further.

“You don’t need to have a strong musical background,” says Nicholas Vines. “The competition is looking for works that have ‘something to say’ and draw attention.”

The original Fanfare Competition sees eight selected young composers attend a recording session with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) at Trackdown Studios later in 2020. The works are broadcast at venues around Australia in place of the regular bells to call audiences to return to their seats.

This year, Artology has gone a step further and, in partnership with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO), presenting ‘Open Fanfare’ a concert event where the composers workshop their pieces before hearing it performed with the QYO Chamber Orchestra and conductor Peter Morris on Wednesday 30 September.

Peter says, “Yes, it seems like such a wonderful project, and it’s right up my alley. Love to work with young talent and to develop new music! Looking forward to getting it happening with the orchestra!”

The eight winners for the Fanfare Competition and recording with the AYO are:

Katie Bombardieri (NSW), Age 19, Achelois
Francesca Brzoskowski
(Qld), Age 19, Fanfare of the elder one
Oliver Dostal
(NSW), Age 19, The golden gallery
Thomas Fernando
(Vic), Age 17, Fanfare for the frontier
Connor Fogarty
(SA), Age 21, Razzmatazz!
Gallya Hazali
(NSW), Age 20, Arise
Adriel Sukumar
(NSW), Age 16, Fanfare Triumphant
Charlie Wells
(SA), Age 15,  Mars Awakens

Find out more on these eight composers.

The 16 winners for Open Fanfare and concert event at QPAC with the QYO are:

Andrew Udal (Qld), Age 16, A Call from space
Ayda Akbal
(Vic), Age 18, Traffic
Ben (Wenhao) Fan
(NSW), Age 18, Flight Dream
Courtney Cousins
(NSW), Age 20, Showtime!
Danny McNeall
(NSW), Age 19, Fanfare from the Golden Age (of Hollywood)
Eamon Roche
(NSW), Age 19, Constant and Equivalent
Finn Brunning
(SA), Age 21, Frames of Fanfare
George Teasdell
(NSW), Age 17, The Overground Underture
Hannah Hunt
(Vic), Age 19, Star Celebration
Hayden Taylor
(Vic), Age 16,  20th Century Blast
Jasper Tops
(NSW), Age 13, Taming the Dragon
Katia Geha
(NSW), Age 18, Sacapuntas
Lucy Bremner
(Vic), Age 13, A Trumpeter’s Delight
Matthew Cornwell
(NSW), Age 20, Exaltation
Tiffany Yeo
(Qld), Age 15, Fanfare Grandioso
William Dooley
(ACT), Age 14, Awakening

More information on the Open Fanfare participants following their first workshop on the 29 August 2020.

Winning participants will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals, a conductor, sound engineers and musicians. They will also receive a copy of the studio recording and qualify for an Australia Theatre for Young People Sound Design Scholarship.

Oliver Dostal has been selected for the sound design mentorship with the Australian Theatre for Young People. Oliver will work with the ATYP team on a new show in 2021.

The venues who will broadcast the winning fanfares include: University of Melbourne Ian Potter Southbank Centre (VIC); Adelaide Festival Centre (SA); Perth Concert Hall (WA); City Recital Hall (NSW); Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QLD) and Theatre North at the Princess (TAS).

“Composing is often a solitary process and has been doubly so over the last few months, so being selected for this year’s fanfare competition is an incredibly exciting opportunity! I can’t wait to work alongside the other selected composers as we develop our fanfares during the workshops, then hear them performed by the wonderful musicians of the Australian Youth Orchestra.” Connor Fogarty, SA, Age 21

Artology is expanding the program, one of the few arts organisations to see growth during COVID!

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Artology: Philippa Horn
Phone: 02 8007 7322
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Fanfare. A Learning and Participation project originally created by Royal Opera House, London.

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