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John Spence : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Chasing the last cadence : viola with piano by John Spence, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 37.

Photo of John Spence

Photo: Lucy Crighton

Spence was born in Dungannon in Northern Ireland in 1965. He studied composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 1989. His teachers include Graham Hair, Martin Wesley Smith and Richard Vella. He also studied electronic music with Greg Schiemer and in 2011 completed a Research Master's in Creative arts with a focus on Electroacoustic music.

Spence is a composer of both orchestral and chamber music. He completed his first orchestral work Sola Gratia (1993), followed by a second symphonic work called Driven by the wind (1998). In 2004 he was commissioned to write the Wollongong Overture for the Viva La Gong festival. Other works include Waltzing the Boiling Billy for flute ensemble (2004), premiered at the flute convention in Los Angeles. He composed The Money Box (2005) for the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen. His piece for string orchestra Mirrored Metaphors (2007) was commissioned by the Steel City Strings. In 2013 his orchestral piece Barley Dance for student orchestra was performed in Venice by the BlueScope Steel Youth Orchestra as part of their tour to Northern Italy.

Spence's chamber music has been performed and recorded by artists including Michael Kieran Harvey, Kathryn Selby, Mark Walton, Karen Cummings and David Miller. Spence also works as a session musician, arranger and producer. He also teaches harmony and composition at the Wollongong Conservatorium of music where he is composer in residence.

John Spence — current to September 2013

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Between the peace lines : Piano trio No 1 (2012) Commissioned by Wollongong Conservatorium of Music for performance by TRIOZ.
Digital sheet music sample Mirrored metaphors : for string orchestra (2005) Commissioned by Steel City Strings.
Wollongong overture : full orchestra (2004) Commissioned by Wollongong Symphony Orchestra.