Artology has announced the winners of the 2020 Fanfare Competition, an annual event designed to develop and encourage budding young composers by recording selected fanfares and broadcasting them at venues around Australia.

This year, in a new addition to the competition, another group of winners will see their fanfares performed at a concert at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in November.

Now in its sixth year, the Fanfare Competition invites young people, aged 12 to 21, to compose a 30-second musical work that will not only stop people in their tracks but that also has a point to make. Entrants are asked to submit a score and recording online.

The 2020 winners will work with mentors Nicholas Vines, Lyle Chan, Nicole Murphy, Alexander Voltz and Chrysoulla Markoulli to develop their musical ideas further. They will then attend a session at Trackdown Studios in Sydney on November 21 where their composition will be recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra, before being broadcast at venues around Australia in place of regular foyer bells calling audiences to their seats. The winners will also receive a copy of the studio recording.

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

Connor Fogarty, one of the winners of the 2020 Fanfare Competition who will have his fanfare recorded and broadcast at venues across Australia. Photograph © Mayu Kanamori

This year there were over 100 entries, from which eight young composers were selected to have their work recorded by the AYO. They are:

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

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

“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!” said Fogarty. “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.”

This year, Artology has partnered with Queensland Youth Orchestras and Queensland Performing Arts Centre to extend the opportunity for Fanfare entrants, with a further 16 chosen to have their work presented at an Open Fanfare concert at QPAC on September 30. Each of the 16 winners will workshop their piece before hearing it performed live by the QYO Chamber Orchestra conducted by Peter Morris. The concert will also be live streamed.

Mentors Nick Vines and Lyle Chan with Hannah Hunt who will have her fanfare performed at a concert at QPAC. Photograph © Mayu Kanamori

“It seems like such a wonderful project, and it’s right up my alley. [I] love to work with young talent and to develop new music. [I am] looking forward to getting it happening with the orchestra!” said Morris.

The 16 winners for the Open Fanfare concert event are:

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

The venues who will broadcast the winning fanfares include the University of Melbourne Ian Potter Southbank Centre, Adelaide Festival Centre, Perth Concert Hall, City Recital Hall in Sydney, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and Theatre North at the Princess Theatre in Tasmania.

Physical distancing and COVID Safety protocols will be undertaken at the workshops, the recording session and the concert.