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...

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