50 Fanfares

A major commissioning project supporting the future of Australian music

In 2020, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra introduces 50 Fanfares – a multi-season initiative which will see the Sydney Symphony commission and present the world premieres of new music by 50 Australian composers.

The project has been designed to represent a broad range of Australian voices and music styles. Composers were selected on recommendations received from a national nominations panel of 100 musicians, artists, educators and culture industry leaders across Australia over the past year. 

The 50 Fanfares will be progressively performed over 2020, 2021, and 2022, with premieres culminating in 2022 when the Sydney Symphony returns to its home at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. The Concert Hall is currently undergoing a two-year program of construction and acoustic renewal. The first of the 50 works to be performed will be by First Nation composer Christopher Sainsbury as part of A Global Ode to Joy at the Sydney Town Hall in August.
 

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The Composers

 

Image of 50 Fanfares composer Katy Abbott

Katy Abbott

Katy Abbott's music explores our passions, fears and motivations using contemporary musical flavours in traditional musical settings. 

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Andrew Aronowicz

Andrew Aronowicz

Andrew Aronowicz is a Melbourne-based composer whose music is imbued with fantasy and colour, woven into beautiful and abstract sound pictures.

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Michael Bakrnčev

Michael Bakrnčev is a professional young multi-award winning composer within his first ten years whose music has been performed globally.

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William Barton

William Barton

For two decades, William Barton has vastly expanded the horizons of the didgeridoo and the culture and landscape that it represents. 

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Paul-Antoni Bonetti

Paul-Antoni Bonetti

Paul-Antoni Bonetti's compositions are characterised by the curiosity to incorporate eclectic elements drawn from hip-hop and rock to renaissance and baroque style.

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Lyle Chan

Lyle Chan

Lyle Chan’s compositions are known for their combination of intellectual rigor and powerful emotional impact, even for audiences unaccustomed to classical music.

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Image of 50 Fanfares composer Alice Chance

Alice Chance

Alice Chance is a sought-after composer, conductor, arranger and lyricist, and two-time finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards.

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Chloé Charody

Through the dynamic fusion of opera, classical music and circus, Chloé Charody has created a unique style of music.

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Deborah Cheetham

Deborah Cheetham AO

Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years.

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Image of 50 Fanfares Composer Connor D'Netto

Connor D'Netto

Connor D’Netto has been described as "the model contemporary Australian composer" by ABC Classic FM.

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Melody Eötvös

From the age of eight, Melody Eötvös began learning the cello which coincided with her first experimentations in composition.

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Mary Finsterer

Mary Finsterer

Mary Finsterer is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative composers.

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William Gardiner

William Gardiner

William Gardiner is an Australian composer of acoustic and electronic music, characterized by a fierce attention to sonic detail.

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Brenda Gifford

Brenda Gifford

Brenda is a Yuin woman, originally from Wreck Bay, south coast NSW. She is currently the Inaugural First Peoples Composer in Residence with Ensemble Offspring.

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Iain Grandage

Iain Grandage

Iain Grandage is one of Australia’s most highly regarded collaborative artists, having won Helpmann Awards for his compositions for theatre, dance, opera and more.

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Maria Grenfell

Maria Grenfell

The music of composer Maria Grenfell has been described as ‘expansive, effusive and energetic’, ‘magic,’ and ‘refreshingly groovy’.

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Gordon Hamilton

Gordon Hamilton

Gordon Hamilton's music often subverts expectations of the orchestra, including Thum Prints for beatboxer Tom Thum and 482 Variations on a Very Short Theme.

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Holly Harrison

Holly Harrison

Holly Harrison's music is driven by the nonsense literature of Lewis Carroll, embracing stylistic juxtapositions, the visceral energy of rock, and whimsical humour.

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James Henry

James Henry

James Henry has been in demand as a composer and sound designer writing various blends of traditional Aboriginal and contemporary genres.

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Matthew Hindson

Matthew Hindson AM

Matthew Hindson is one of the most-performed and most-commissioned composers in the world, and a leading Australian composer of his generation. 

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Mark Holdsworth

Mark Holdsworth

Mark Holdsworth's compositions include a substantial catalogue of orchestral works as well as repertoire for large ensemble, chamber ensemble, and soloist. 

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Andrew Howes

Andrew Howes

Andrew Howes is a Sydney-based composer, building an international reputation for orchestral and choral music. 

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Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh

Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh is a Taiwanese-Australian composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music currently based in the United States.

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Elena Kats-Chernin AO

Elena Kats-Chernin AO

Elena Kats-Chernin’s vibrant and distinctive music featured at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

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David John Lang

David John Lang

David John Lang writes music for orchestras, choirs, singers and instrumentalists, always seeking to create art that is inventive, thoughtful and heartfelt. 

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Liza Lim

Liza Lim

Liza Lim is an Australian composer whose music focusses on collaborative and transcultural practices.

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Ella Macens

Ella Macens

Sydney based Ella Macens is a fast-emerging composer with a passion for choral, orchestral and chamber music writing.

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Cathy Milliken

Cathy Milliken

Cathy Milliken is a versatile performer known for her sonic improvisations using oboe and voice.

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Jordan Moore

Jordan Moore

Jordan Moore is a young composer from the rural city of Geraldton in the mid west region of Western Australia.

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Kate Moore

Kate Moore

Kate Moore is an Australian-Dutch musician and composer of new music, and the recipient of the prestigious Matthijs Vermeulen Prize.

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Kate Neal

Kate Neal

Kate Neal is an artist with over 20 years’ experience as a composer, arranger, teacher, artistic director and collaborator.

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Natalie Nicolas

Natalie Nicolas

Sydney composer, PhD candidate and music educator Natalie Nicolas completed her MMus (Composition) under scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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Peggy Polias

Peggy Polias

Peggy Polias is a Sydney-based composer, music engraver, and arts administrator.

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Christopher Sainsbury

Christopher Sainsbury

Christopher Sainsbury has made a sustained contribution to Australian music since the mid-1980s, and teaches composition at the Australian National University.

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Georgia Scott

Georgia Scott

Georgia Scott has had works premiered in venues such as the National Portrait Gallery, London, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Sydney Opera House. 

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Harry Sdraulig

Harry Sdraulig

Harry Sdraulig's commissioned works have been performed by ensembles including the Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

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Lachlan Skipworth

Lachlan Skipworth

Hailed by The Australian as possessing a ‘rare gift as a melodist’, Lachlan Skipworth writes across the mediums of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and experimental music. 

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Paul Stanhope

Paul Stanhope

Paul Stanhope is an award-winning Sydney-based composer and a leading figure in his generation. 

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Luke Styles

Luke Styles

Luke Styles was the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence, and the first composer in residence at the Foundling Museum since Handel. 

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Joseph Tawadros

Joseph Tawadros AM

Joseph Tawadros is a multi-award-winning composer and virtuoso player of the oud, a Middle Eastern lute. 

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Louisa Trewartha

Louisa Trewartha

Louisa Trewartha completed a BMus in 2010 at the University of Melbourne, and in 2013 studied at the Australian National Academy of Music.

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Alex Turley

Alex Turley

Alex Turley lives and works in Melbourne, where he spends his time composing both acoustic and electroacoustic concert works.

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Joseph Twist

Joseph Twist

Born in Australia and now living in the United States, composer/arranger Joseph Twist straddles film music and concert music arenas.

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Bree van Reyk

Bree van Reyk

Bree van Reyk is a drummer, percussionist, composer and sound artist who makes unconventional and tradition-challenging performance works.

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Carl Vine

Carl Vine AO

Carl Vine is one of Australia’s best known composers, with an impressive orchestral catalogue featuring eight symphonies and twelve concertos.

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Jessica Wells

Jessica Wells

Jessica Wells is a versatile composer, orchestrator, and arranger for concerts, films, theatre, and album recordings.

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Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams is a composer of new music for the classical stage.

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Elizabeth Younan

Elizabeth Younan

Elizabeth Younan is an Australian-Lebanese composer from Sydney, currently living in Philadelphia, USA.

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Miriama Young

Miriama Young

Miriama Young is an award-winning composer of chamber, orchestral and electronic works, based at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

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Julian Yu

Julian Yu

Julian Yu studied composition at China’s Central Conservatory of Music, where he later taught, and at the Tokyo College of Music.

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Support 50 Fanfares

Support the Project

The 50 Fanfares project recognises and celebrates the role Australian composers and musicians in creating our nation’s musical voice.

The 50 composers who are part of this project are drawn from across a wide spectrum of musical interests and styles. 50 Fanfares looks to the future of Australian art music and provides a platform for emerging artists as well as established composers. All of them reflect the rich diversity and exceptional talent that underpins our creative culture.

Each commissioned work will reveal a different story and your support is instrumental in ensuring these stories are heard today and into the future. The commissioning journey is a unique opportunity to be part of a work’s creation – from conception to world premiere performance.

By donating, you are not only supporting the creation of a new work, but ensuring Australia’s rich and distinctive compositional voice continues for generations to come.

To discuss your support or learn more about how you can play your part in this landmark project, contact Callum Close, Philanthropy Manager on (02) 8215 4625 or callum.close@sydneysymphony.com