A TALENTED Port Macquarie musician is among 16 students who will have their original composition played by a full orchestra in a special event at the end of September.
George Teasdell of St Columba Anglican School (SCAS), 17, is a winner in the 2020 Open Fanfare competition, part of the Artology project.
Fanfare is a unique opportunity for budding young composers from 12 to 21 through Artology to come up with a 30-second musical work designed to be performed by a full orchestra.
George composed his winning piece, The Overground Underture, on his laptop and wrote the musical score based on a series of key notes and instruments including the flute, trumpet, trombone, percussion and strings.
A fanfare is a musical piece designed to create excitement, tell a story and capture the audience's attention.
George describes it as "music that chases you". He will hear it played for the first time on September 30 when it is livestreamed from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
George, who first started playing the ukulele at 3 years of age, was among other young composers who have workshopped their pieces with musical mentors in Sydney.
The talented pianist found the process of music composition creatively challenging.
"I found that composing music is not just about bringing ideas together but about real people playing it," George explained.
"You've got to think about everything from the capability of each instrument and its role, how it can sound to the conductor being able to read it."
George will study music for his HSC next year and hopes to pursue a career in the industry.
Winning participants will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals, a conductor, sound engineers and musicians. They will also receive a copy of the studio recording and qualify for an Australia Theatre for Young People Sound Design Scholarship.
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