50 Australian composers commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Composers from almost every state and territory, half of them women, have been commissioned to create works across a broad range of styles and lengths.

Funded entirely through philanthropic support, a major commissioning project designed to support the future of Australian music has been announced by Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO).

50 Fanfares will see a range of works by 50 Australian composers – including 25 women, who have traditionally been under-represented in the orchestral sector – premiered over the next three years.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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