Now in its eighth year, Artology’s Fanfare Competitioncalls on young people aged 12-21 to express themselves with a 30-second piece of music. A strong musical background isn’t required, instead the competition is looking for young composers with “something to say” in a fanfare, which needs to draw the audience’s attention to the call to take their seats.

On Wednesday, new fanfares by 12 of this year’s entrants will be premiered by the Queensland Youth Orchestras’ Chamber Orchestra in concert. Three of these composers – Jonathan Platz (age 13, from Atherton, Qld), Dion Spyropoulos (19, from Templestowe Lower, Vic) and Jennifer Gao (18, from Parramatta, NSW) – have written about their experiences as part of this competition, and tell Limelighta little of the backstory behind their pieces.

Jonathan Platz

Proclamation – Jonathan Platz (Age 13, from Atherton, Queensland)

Being a part of this year’s Fanfare Competition has been a great honour.  The experience of composing a short musical flourish that has something to say was initially met with a mix of excitement and intimidation. The possibilities were infinite. To guide me in the early stages, I listened to...