Fire Fanfare

Herald the Fanfare!

Imagine hearing a fanfare you wrote being broadcast at venues around Perth during the 2020 Festival! We are currently inviting applications from students aged 15 – 25 to write a short fanfare inspired by the theme of Fire. Instead of the traditional bells that let the audience know it’s time to take their seats, your Fanfare will ring out to start Festival performances.

The Opportunity

James Ledger will mentor selected emerging young composers in one-on-one workshops to refine and develop their compositions into finished Fanfares.

The Fanfares will be performed and recorded by WASO musicians alongside an ensemble of students from UWA Conservatorium of Music and WAAPA School of Music. The recordings will play at venues during Perth Festival, announcing to audience members that it is time to take their seats.

About The Mentor

James Ledger is a world-renowned composer, writing music for a variety of ensembles from solo works to orchestral music, and specialising in composition, harmony and 20th century music history. He has been composer-in-residence with the West Australian, Adelaide and Christchurch (NZ) Symphony Orchestras, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. James has won APRA Art Music Awards for his violin concerto Golden Years and the orchestral work Chronicles. He is currently Chair of Orchestral Composition at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Western Australia.

What is a fanfare?

A fanfare is a short, showy piece of music usually played for a special event. A fanfare announces an expectation and is traditionally played to alert listeners that something important is about to happen.

Supported by

This program is inspired by Fanfare programs run by Artology and the Royal Opera House.

Presented in partnership with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, UWA Conservatorium of Music and WAAPA at ECU.