Fanfare

Herald the fanfare!

Imagine hearing music you wrote broadcast at venues during the Perth Festival! Instead of the traditional bells that let the audience know it’s time to take their seats, we are working in collaboration with WAAPA at ECU to herald the start performances across the Perth Festival with fanfares written by students.

What are we looking for?
These fanfares need to be attention-grabbing. They need to be impolite enough to interrupt a conversation, and arresting enough to make people want to listen. They’re nice, because they’re reminding you your show is about to start, but they’re also a little bit grumpy because it’s starting like, right now.

Age: 15 – 25 years
Length: Maximum 30 seconds

We are looking for four fanfares to play at selected performance venues during the Perth Festival. Four composers from across the age bracket will be selected to work with composer Rebecca Erin Smith to refine and develop their compositions, which will then be performed and recorded by professional musicians.

Rebecca Erin Smith is a WAAPA Graduate is an award winning Australian composer who specialises in collaborative media and concert works. A Fulbright Scholar, her most recent commissions include works for Edith Cowan University, WA Youth Orchestra, Phoenix Ensemble, and GreyWing Ensemble.

Now go forth and grab our attention!

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 often played to alert listeners that something important is about to happen.

Here are some examples:
Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man
Bill Conti’s Fanfare For Rocky
Henry Purcell’s Fanfare
Royal Brass Fanfare
Flourish 3, London Fanfare Trumpets

How do you enter?
Step 1: Write your composition in Short Score form using the instruments from the options below that best suit your composition. Include your favourite four bars in full orchestration. If you are having difficulty converting your score to Short Score form, just send us a PDF of your full score.
Step 2: Agree to our terms and conditions, and upload your score in PDF and an MP3 recording of your work via the online submission form below by 18 November 2017.

If selected, you must be available to:

  • attend a full day workshop on between 20 November and 1 December (date TBC) to work with our mentor composer to refine the score and
  • be able to complete the full orchestration of your fanfare by 14 December.

Rehearsal and recording will take place between 15 December and 31 January – we hope you will be able to attend.

If selected, you must be available to attend a workshop on 25 November (TBC) and have scope to complete the full orchestration of your fanfare by 14 December. Rehearsal and recording will take place between 15 December and 31 January – we hope you will be able to attend.

Instrumentation
4 Trumpets, 2 French Horns, 2 Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, 1 Tuba and Percussion

What is a Short Score?
A short score is a reduction of a work for many instruments to just a few staves. Rather than composing directly in full score, many composers work out some type of short score while they are composing and later expand the complete orchestration. Send us your score using 3 or 4 instruments that best suit your composition.

Key dates
Submission deadline: 18 November
Successful submissions notified: by 22 November
Composition workshop: full day 25 November
Final compositions submitted: 14 December
Rehearsal and recording day: between 15 December and 31 January 2018

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

Fanfare is presented in collaboration with WAAPA at ECU

Full terms and conditions available here.

Fanfare Application Form

  • Send your score and recording to schools@perthfestival.com.au