John's music goes to Opera House
FORMER Bundaberg boy John Rotar's latest musical composition will be heard by thousands of people in audiences at the Sydney Opera House as they are summoned to take their seats.
Mr Rotar was one of eight young composers who won the country's first Fanfare competition.
The competition gave the aspiring composers the chance to transform the traditional Sydney Opera House cue bells.
More than 120 entries were submitted from across Australia, with the Sydney Opera House Fanfare competition inviting young Australians aged 12 to 21 to submit a 30-second piece of music - a fanfare.
An Opera House spokesman said the traditional cues that announced the start of a show were getting a revamp for the first time in more than 15 years.
From Wednesday, March 4, all Opera House venues will feature new fanfares created by the young composers.
"The Opera House fanfares are the first of their kind in Australia and extend the model originally created by the Royal Opera House in London," he said
. "The new fanfares are performed by the Australian Youth Orchestra.
"Every work will be heard at each of the Opera House venues as the fanfares rotate throughout the year."
Mr Rotar said he was now in his third year of studying composition at the University of Queensland.
"I'm also writing all the arrangements for the Southern Cross Soloists," he said on Wednesday.