What is a fanfare?
A fanfare is a short composition that traditionally announces important information. During 2016, Sydney Opera House patrons will be called to their seats by new fanfares composed by young Australians.
Who composed the fanfares?
Eight Australians between the ages of 12-21 were selected as winners of a nationwide competition conducted in 2015 that attracted more than 120 entrants. Each composition was workshopped with Australian composer Nicholas Vines and recorded by the Australian Youth Orchestra with conductor Nicholas Carter. The eight fanfares will be played during the year in succession, with each young composer’s work heard in every Sydney Opera House performance venue.
The winners for the 2015 Fanfare Competition are:
Hamish Ander (Vic); Age 19; Olympus
Glenn Bussey (Vic); Age 19; Allies
Elise Bergman (Vic); Age 13; Sails of Sydney Harbour
Alexander Lau (NSW); Age 14; Beyond the Clouds
Sam Weller (NSW); Age 17; Fanfare for Chaos
Jordan Halaseh (Vic); Age 17; Fanfare in C Major
Cordelia Olivia To (ACT); Age 20; Multiculturalistic Australia
Alexander Voltz (Qld); Age 16; Awakening
(Age at the time of winning the competition)
For more information about the competition and 2015 winners please visit Artology.
Fanfare is a collaboration with Artology and the Australian Youth Orchestra, and is based on a concept created by London’s Royal Opera House.
Listen to the fanfares below!