A granite façade, alive with the chatter of excitement and laughter, looms ahead.
The staircase beckons you in and upwards. And it’s there, echoing gloriously through the foyer halls, that you hear it. Your music calling the theatre audience to their seats.
If you dream of having your music heard by audiences in theatres across the country – QPAC among them – then the Artology Fanfare competition could be the opportunity you have been waiting for.
Typically played by brass instruments and percussion, a fanfare is a short piece of music designed to gain the attention of an audience.
The Fanfare competition invites young composers aged 12 to 21 years to submit their own short 30 second attention-grabbing composition.
24 winners will work with respected mentor composers Nicholas Vines, Lyle Chan, Jessica Wells and Chrysoulla Markoulli to develop ideas and finalise their work.
These final works will be professionally recorded and broadcast across theatre and concert venues Australia-wide, with further opportunities for live in-concert performance and sound design development also on offer.
“Creativity is our most valuable human resource, especially in these times of change,” says Anna Cerneaz, MD of Artology.
“Opportunities to play, to think, to create are essential to our future. Fanfare encourages creativity with achievable real-life outcomes for young people to be inspired and let their imaginations go wild.”
QPAC has worked with Artology to bring the fanfares of young Australians to our foyers since 2018 and we are proud to support the creative growth and professional development of these emerging composers.
Hear from some previous competition participants below.
Introducing Kids to the Orchestra
Children will be introduced to all of the orchestral instrument families: string, woodwind, brass and percussion by QSO horn player Vivienne Collier-Vickers.
Get creative in Roma
QPAC brought Creative Fusions to Roma; a five-day music-making program for musicians aged 10 to 100 years.
Ishmael first day
Take a peek behind the scenes at the first day of rehearsals for Dead Puppet Society’s much anticipated world premiere production, Ishmael.
An Interview with Gideon Mzembe
Actor Gideon Mzembe talks about his life and his career while he was at QPAC, performing in shake & stir theatre co’s sold-out return season of Animal Farm.
The Role of the Staging Director
An Interview with An American in Paris Australian Staging Director Hannah Ryan, during the Australian premiere season at QPAC.
A yarn about Frozen costumes
Read the interview with Frozen’s Costume Designer and Wigs associate Janet Hine who oversaw the creation of costumes for the Australian production of Frozen.
75 years of QSO
In their anniversary year, we review the life of the orchestra powered by music and inspired by the state it calls home.
Fanfare Competition 2021 Finalists
The 2021 Artology Fanfare competition saw over 100 young Australian composers submit their very own attention-grabbing composition.
An Acrobat’s Warm Up
Circa Contemporary Circus calls QPAC’s Playhouse home for a season each year. Here’s a glimpse of the company warming up for its five-star show Humans.
An Evening with Anthony Warlow
Gather insight into Anthony’s life and his decades-long internationally acclaimed career.
Remembering a True Giant of the Arts
Dr Tony Gould AM was QPAC's founding Director. QPAC's Chief Executive, John Kotzas, sat down with Rebecca Levingston on ABC Radio Brisbane to remember him.
Mother by Noni Hazlehurst
An artist, educator and activist, Noni Hazlehurst considers ideas of madness from her role in Mother and as an individual of our society today.
From Broadway with Love
The Australian musical theatre legend and internationally acclaimed star of Broadway and The West End talks about her new solo show.
Shear Brilliance Comes to QPAC
Internationally acclaimed Brisbane-based Circa has joined forces with animation studio Aardman to create a new circus-theatre production.
How to inspire creativity in children
Regularly flexing creative muscle as children and adults builds arts literacy – the ability to identify, interpret & assess in varying arts forms and contexts.
Paul Keating Moves to QPAC's Upper House
We caught up with Biggins about the return season of The Gospel According to Paul.
How to be creative
QPAC asked a musical theatre star, an artistic director, a lighting designer and a professor of the arts for their tips on how to be creative.
The Role of Early Music Today
Tembembe Ensamble member Leopoldo Novoa talks about his experience playing with early music superstar Jordi Savall.
Behind the Scenes
Our Behind the Scenes series takes you on an exclusive journey into the heart of QPAC, where the magic of the stage comes to life.
Five Minutes with ... Jonathan Biggins
We spent five minutes with Jonathan Biggins who starred in The Gospel According to Paul he’s pure PJK with his wit, intellect and ego.
Five Minutes with ... Noni Hazlehurst
We spent five minutes with Noni Hazlehurst who is one of Australia’s best known, and most well-loved actors. In a career spanning decades Noni is a household name.
Five Minutes with ... Laser Beak Man
We spent five minutes with Laser Beak Man who was created by Tim in 1999 at aged 11. Since then Tim and Laser Beak Man have won fans all over the world.
Five Minutes with ... Suzi Quatro
We spent five minutes with Suzi Quatro who is a singer, songwriter, actor, activist, glam rock legend and role model. With 50 million albums sold, the she continues to delight in creating music.
Five Minutes with ... John Cameron Mitchell
We spent five minutes with John Cameron Mitchell who is a writer, director and actor that we’ve seen on stages and screens from infamous New York City night clubs and Broadway theatres.
Five Minutes with ... Cyndi Lauper
We spent five minutes with Cyndi Lauper who won a Tony Award for her score for the Broadway musical Kinky Boots making her the first woman to ever win solo in that category.
Five Minutes with ... Sarah McLeod
We spent five minutes with Sarah McLeod who is an Australian singer-songwriter known both for her solo work and as the singer/guitarist of rock band The Superjesus.
Five Minutes with … Jimeoin
We spent five minutes with Jimeoin, the English-born Irish stand-up comedian and actor, who is well known not only for his live gigs, but also for his television shows.
Five Minutes with … Eddie Perfect
We spent five minutes with Eddie Perfect who is a singer-songwriter, pianist, comedian, writer and actor.
Five Minutes with ... Vika and Linda Bull
We spent five minutes with Vika and Linda Bull, an Australian vocal duo who came to prominence after singing backing vocals in Joe Camilleri's band The Black Sorrows from 1988.
Five Minutes with ... Reuben Kaye
We spent five minutes with Reuben Kaye, acclaimed comedian and cabaret icon who is described as “the evil love child of Liza Minnelli and Jim Carrey” (British Theatre Guide).
Five Minutes with ... Robert Grubb
We spent five minutes with acclaimed actor Robert Grubb who played the dual roles of Admiral Boom and Chairman of the Bank in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins.
Five Minutes with ... Damien Leith
We spent five minutes with Damien Leith whose career skyrocketed after winning Australian Idol in 2006, Since then, he’s been a singer, playwright and tv/radio host personality, sometimes all at once.
Five Minutes with ... SOLCHLD
We spent five minutes with SOLCHLD to chat about her inspirations, what makes her laugh, and how the BlakBeats program has helped her as a musician.
Five Minutes with ... Sami Afuni
We spent five minutes with Brisbane-born performer Sami Afuni who thrilled audiences in HAMILTON, performing in the dual role of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.
Five Minutes with ... Peter Cook
We spent five minutes with Brisbane playwright and actor Peter Cook who returned to his hometown in February 2023 with his compelling and uplifting one-man play, Breaking the Castle.
The People's Day Playlist
Stephen Anderson, who plays Willy Wonka, and Lucy Maunder, who plays Mrs Bucket, pick their favourite childhood songs and tell us what makes them special.
See what songs are on musical theatre star Philip Quast's playlist.
The Ultimate Musical Playlist
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World Violin Day Playlist
We asked the talented violinists of Camerata to share their favourite music featuring the violin and why.
Alexandra Flood’s Playlist
Find out what music makes the top ten play list for an internationally acclaimed coloratura soprano.
Our Ultimate Listening Guide
Tune into the music picks of these three superstar Australian performers who come together for an evening filled with opera arias and Broadway show tunes.
Five Minutes with ... Isabella Swietlicki
We chatted with Isabella Swietlicki about her most treasured festive memories and what she loves most about Christmas