Herald the fanfare!

Imagine hearing music you wrote broadcast at venues during Perth Festival! Instead of the traditional bells that let the audience know it’s time to take their seats, we are heralding the start of Festival performances with fanfares written by students aged 15 – 25. Presented in partnership with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, UWA Conservatorium of Music and WAAPA at ECU.

In 2018 the Fanfares by our four young composers were heard by over 35,000 Perth Festival goers. You can listen to their creations here. 
This program is inspired by Fanfare programs run by Artology and the Royal Opera House.


The Opportunity

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

Iain Grandage is a composer, conductor and, from 2020, the new artistic director of Perth Festival. He is one of Australia’s most highly regarded collaborative artists and has received numerous awards for his diverse work across dance, theatre, silent film and opera. He has received Victorian Green Room Awards, the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for an Individual and the APRA/AMC award for Vocal Work of the Year for his opera based on Tim Winton’s novel The Riders

Students’ fanfares will be performed and recorded by West Australian Symphony Orchestra musicians alongside an ensemble of students from UWA Conservatorium of Music and WAAPA schools of music.

The recordings will play at venues during Perth Festival, announcing to audience members that it is time to take their seats.


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.


What are we looking for?

We are looking for four fanfares to play at select venues during Perth Festival. Compositions should be original and clearly communicate the message that audiences should begin moving to their seats. They should be arresting, dramatic and catchy and distinctive enough to grab and hold attention.

Age: 15 – 25 years

Length: We have a strict maximum length of 30 seconds


How do I enter?

Applicants should submit the following with their application:

  • Short score of the composition
  • Full orchestration of four bars of the composition
  • MP3 recording of composition (using any instrumentation)
  • Read and agree to the terms and conditions in the form below. 


If selected, you must be available to:

  • attend a full day workshop on 16 November
  • complete and deliver the full orchestration of your fanfare by 24 November
  • attend the rehearsal and recording on 28 November 1 – 4pm



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 three or four instruments that best suit your composition.


Key dates

Submission deadline: Wed 7 Nov

Successful submissions notified: by Fri 9 Nov

Composition workshop: full day Thu 15 Nov

Final compositions submitted: Fri 22 Nov

Rehearsal and recording day: 28 Nov 1pm – 4pm

Please read the TERMS & CONDITIONS before applying. 

Fanfare Application Form

  • Send your score and recording to