Fanfare is the statewide festival of bands and orchestras from Queensland state schools.
Fanfare consists of regional festivals held between May and June, the regional finals in late June and the state grand final concerts in August.
Through the regional finals, up to 5 primary ensembles and 5 secondary ensembles are selected to come to Brisbane to take part in the primary and secondary state grand finals.
Regional festivals are held throughout May and June in various performance venues around the state.
Once nominations close, all schools receive further details regarding their regional festival via email from their Fanfare regional coordinator.
Every nominated ensemble will be allocated a session time for their performance at their relevant regional festival. This will be communicated through the coordinating teacher from the school by the relevant regional festival coordinator.
It is the responsibility of the school's coordinating teacher to inform the various conductors, teachers and ensembles involved from their school of these details.
Each ensemble performance will be professionally adjudicated.
The adjudicator will:
- provide positive and constructive feedback to the students and the conductor
- award each participating ensemble with a certificate at the end of their performance
- determine how many ensembles will perform and which ensembles will perform in the regional final.
Fees apply to all schools participating in Fanfare. Travel and associated expenses for schools to attend their relevant regional festival and regional finals must be covered by the school.
The Fanfare primary and secondary grand final concerts showcase the high quality of school-based ensembles in Queensland state schools.
The grand finals are held in Brisbane in Term 3 following the conclusion of the regional finals. Up to 5 primary ensembles and up to 5 secondary ensembles selected from the regional finals will participate in the grand finals.