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David John Lang : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Anthochaera carunculata : (red wattlebird) by David John Lang, from the CD Where song began

Photo of David John Lang

Photo: Mary-Ellen Parkinson


David John Lang is an Australian composer living in Adelaide. He writes music for orchestras, choirs, singers and instrumentalists, always seeking to create art that is inventive, thoughtful and heartfelt. His music often reflects his love of storytelling, his Christian faith, his whimsical sense of humour, and an instinct for drama.

David's recent projects include Are we there yet? for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (a 45-minute work based on Alison Lester's famous picture book), a fanfare for the Sydney Symphony, and a cricket-themed piano trio in four 'innings' for Benaud Trio. He has been commissioned several times by the Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Adelaide Chamber Singers, and his music has also been performed in the USA, Canada and Germany. In 2016, David spent several weeks in Alaska on a Composing in the Wilderness course, and in 2012 he attended the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine.

David was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition in 2019 from Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music. His mentors here included Graeme Koehne, Anne Cawrse, David Harris, John Polglase, and Charles Bodman Rae.

David loves speaking and writing about music. He has written concert program notes for many performers and ensembles, including the Australian String Quartet and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Most of his skills in this area were developed as a result of winning the 2010 Australian Youth Orchestra's Music Presentation Fellowship.

David is also active as a performer. He has been Assistant Conductor of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra since 2016, and was Music Director of the A-grade Unley Concert Band in 2019. Since 2019 he has performed on trumpet, keyboard, and vocals with the aptly-named Music is Fun Band, sharing the joy of music with primary school children all over South Australia.

When David remembers there is more to life than music, he enjoys reading, bushwalking, and eating good chocolate.

David John Lang — current to June 2022

Studied with

David Harris (2007)

Charles Bodman Rae (2008 - 2018)

John Polglase (2008)

Graeme Koehne (2009 - 2018)


Collaborated with

Chris Larkin (2007 - 2010)

Steven Tanoto (2009 - 2010)


Influenced by

Anne Cawrse (2009 - current)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Anthochaera carunculata : (red wattlebird) (2017) Commissioned by Simone Slattery for 'Where Song Began'
Digital sheet music sample Sorry I missed you : (text message fails), for SATB chorus and SATB soloists (2016) Commissioned by Adelaide Chamber Singers.
Digital sheet music sample My soul, wait : SATB choir (2014) Commissioned by Christ Church North Adelaide.
On Further Reflection : A Day in the Life of the Rundle Mall Spheres (2013) Commissioned by the Adelaide Youth Orchestras Inc. with the support of Carclew Youth Arts. For Bryan Griffiths and the Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample The Three Little Pigs : for 3 clarinets (2010) Commissioned by Eclectica Trio in 2010