Adelaide Youth Orchestra


Fanfares for young composers

We’re commissioning Adelaide Youth Orchestra alumni to compose new works – fanfares for our Gala Concert at the Adelaide Town Hall in November 2018

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Adelaide Youth Orchestra is raising funds to support the commissioning of new fanfares for each of our orchestras to perform at our Gala Concert in November, at the Adelaide Town Hall.

Each composer, an AdYO alumni comes full circle, as they take this opportunity to write music for their first orchestra. And in turn, each orchestra will spend time rehearsing with their composer before the premieres of these new fanfares.

The Gala Concert marks the culmination of a great year of music-making for our 220 young musicians, as they take to the stage on Sunday 18 November at 3pm. Our Adelaide Youth Strings, Adelaide Youth Sinfonia, Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra and our senior orchestra, the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, will be proud to perform these new fanfares written for them by graduates of their orchestras.

Opportunities to write music destined for a quality performance in a high profile public venue are few and far between for young composers in Australia. We are committed to making this happen in 2018.

Our three young composers are:

Jakub Jankowski, whose recent achievements include the world premiere of his cello sonata Aspects of Return performed around Australia, by cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and pianist Aleksandar Madžar for Musica Viva. Jakub played the cello in AdYO from 2009 -2011.

David John Lang is an Australian composer living in Adelaide currently completing his PhD in Music Composition, under Graeme Koehne,AO. He aims to create art that is inventive, thoughtful and heartfelt. His music often reflects his love of storytelling and whimsical sense of humour. David played trumpet with AdYO from 2004–2008.

Emily Tulloch is a South Australian musician working as a violinist, composer, arranger, educator and arts worker, with a passion for the creation, presentation and promotion of contemporary music. Emily, a member of Zephyr Quartet, Australia’s leading genre-defying quartet, has been involved in youth music for many years. A past concertmaster with AdYO, she returns with great enthusiasm to compose a fanfare for Adelaide Youth Strings.

Your donation will go directly towards the commissioning and performance of these newly composed fanfares at our Gala Concert, Adelaide Town Hall on 18 November. The cost of these fanfares is $7,200 and funds are needed now to bring the project to fruition.

Our renewed focus this year on our alumni will give a number of talented young musicians exceptional opportunities to reconnect with our youth orchestras. Not only will they be able to perform and conduct but through this special project they will be able to compose. We know that our orchestras create exciting concerts that bring inspiration to audiences and participants alike. We are constantly seeking to generate alternative pathways in music and develop enriching experiences for everyone involved. We hope you can join us for this very exciting initiative.

This will be the first of many such projects for AdYO musicians and alumni as they illuminate the present and ignite the future. More information can be found on our website


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Each year The Adelaide Youth Orchestras provide around 250 of South Australia’s most talented young musicians with the opportunity to flourish in a vibrant and exciting musical environment – developing orchestral, musical and team skills with their peers.

Musicians are selected from a wide demographic, based on musical talent. Performing the classics and new works, AdYO’s four orchestras and chamber ensembles reach diverse audiences across city and regional settings in schools, retirement homes , community settings and the concert hall.

In 2018 AdYO’s special focus is on its Alumni celebrating past musicians returning to perform, conduct, compose, direct, mentor, lead and inspire.


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