Oscar Gill [Age 13, NSW]

Composition: The Horses’ Fanfare

My musical life began when I was 5, when I found I had a liking for the piano. When I was in year 1, I took piano lessons for a year, and came across a computer program called Sibelius. I have been writing my own compositions on Sibelius ever since. When I was in year 3, I joined a woodwind and brass instrumental program, run by my mum where I played the clarinet. In that year, I also joined a fairly large annual music camp, where I took a liking for singing. I played the clarinet for about 2 years, until my mum acquired a second-hand bass clarinet. I have recently joined another camp, Senior State Music Camp. I also play guitar, recorder and have taught myself a little bit of drums.

Composition inspiration

Over the last few years, I have really enjoyed listening to lots of different classical and modern tunes. I have had fun creating my own and this competition gave me an urge to create my own fanfare. For this fanfare, I was mostly inspired by Rossini’s William Tell Overture. Other pieces that have inspired me over the last few years include: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.