The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has today announced a major commissioning project, 50 Fanfares, which will see it commission and present 50 new works by 50 Australian composers. Encompassing short fanfares to chamber works as well as pieces for full orchestra, it represents a substantial commitment to new Australian work by the SSO, especially in light of recent criticismover the absence of any advertised commissions in its 2020 season announcement. 50 Fanfareswill unfold over three years and culminate in the 2022 season when the SSO returns to its home at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, currently undergoing an upgrade. The project will be completely funded through philanthropic support.

Twenty of the composers of  50 Fanfares. Back row (L-R): Matthew Hindson, William Gardiner, Jessica Wells, Paul Stanhope, Paul-Antoni Bonetti, Harry Sdraulig, Alice Chance, Andrew Howes, Christopher Sainsbury, Natalie Nicolas, Andrew Aronowicz.  Front row (L-R): Bree van Reyk, Louisa Trewartha, Brenda...