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Simon Reade : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Black... : Study X : piano four hands by Simon Reade, from the CD Music from a parallel world. Vol. 2

Photo of Simon Reade

Photo: Andrew Castles

Born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1977, Simon Reade is a conductor, composer, educator and trumpet player. Simon is passionate about the performance of new music. He has given the world premiere of over 100 new works by Tasmanian composers, including works by; Simon Barber, Benjamin Cannings, Joe Cook, Angus Davison, Claire Farrell, Dominic Flynn, Russell Gilmour, Karlin Greenstreet-Love, Maria Grenfell, Michael Kieran Harvey, Michael Sydney Jones, Tim Jones, Don Kay, Jabra Latham, Scott McIntyre, Helgart Mahler, Thomas Misson, Ron Nagorka, Joseph Richards, Dylan Sheridan, Jitrin Sirichang, Helen Wanders and Michael Young. In 2014, Simon instigated an Annual Composer's Workshop, which has featured works by over 20 Australian Composers. Upcoming premieres in May 2022 include kupa by Barber and Assorted Amalgam by Kay (by members of the UTAS Orchestra), Deslacs Dawn by Wanders and the revised version of The High Priestess by Tim Jones (by members of Hobart Wind Symphony).

Simon has a special affinity with the work of Tasmanian Icon, Don Kay. He has premiered dozens of Kay's works including Symphony 3 (2011), Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra (2017), Concerto for Trumpet, Winds and Percussion (as soloist/conductor, 2019) and Symphony 4 (2021). He gave the concert premiere of Kay's opera, The Bushranger's Lover to great critical acclaim (2014) and the premiere of the bushfires cantata, Conflagration, as part of the Festival of Voices (2021). Simon has revived a number of Kay's earlier works, including Northward the Strait at the Intervarsity Choral Festival (2009) and gave the concert premiere of 1992's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra,with Michael Kieran Harvey (2014).

Simon is a sought-after and respected conductor. He has been Musical Director of Hobart City Band Inc. since 1997 and as conductor of Hobart Wind Symphony won the 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2017 National 'A' Grade Concert Band titles. He took up the position of conductor with the University of Tasmania's Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in 2020 and in 2020-21 he worked with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for new composer workshops. He is the conductor of Glenorchy City Brass, has had a long association with Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, Hobart Chamber Orchestra and from 2016 presented new music concerts with Michael Kieran Harvey under the title FORUM. In 2019, Simon was one of the four finalists in the 2020 Australian of the Year Awards, Local Hero Category (Tasmania).

Simon is also a composer, having filled commissions from the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the Festival of Voices (Tasmania), IHOS opera, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, the Derwent Valley Band and the Tasmanian Composer's Festival, amongst others. His music has been performed by such eminent performers as; Michael Kieran Harvey, Jabra Latham, Diego Campagna, Maurizio Barbetti, Duo Porto-Frontini, Luca Ferrini & Joze Kotar, Benjamin Price and Dr Matthew van Emmerik. He has music for band published through Brolga Music Australia, selected chamber works through Musicisti Associati Produzioni of Milan, and he has over 40 of his works represented at the Australian Music Centre. A selection of his works are available to view on YouTube:


He lives in Campania, just out of Hobart, with his wife Claire and sons Owen, Callum and Elliott.

Simon Reade — current to April 2022

Collaborated with

Simon Barber (1995 - current)

Michael Kieran Harvey (2014 - current)

Dominic Flynn (2020 - current)


Studied with

Russell Gilmour (1995)

Maria Grenfell (1998)

Raffæle Marcellino (1998)


Influenced by

Don Kay (1995 - current)


Teacher/Influence on

Simon Barber (1995 - current)

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Songs : for clarinet and piano (2015) Commissioned by the Tasmanian Composers Festival
Digital sheet music sample Voyage : Study XII (2011) Commissioned for Derwent Valley Concert Band.
Digital sheet music sample Song II : for saxophone orchestra (2010) Composed at the invitation of Jabra Latham
Digital sheet music sample Sonata no. 2 : for saxophone and piano (2009) Commissioned by Jabra Latham. Commissioned by Jabra Latham.
Chaconne : for wind orchestra (2007) Composed for the Hobart Wind Symphony (then called the Hobart City Concert Band) for a recording project funded by Arts Tasmania of the compositions and arrangements of Simon Reade. This work was specially written for the project.
Digital sheet music sample Crofting : SATB choir (2006) Commissioned by the ANCA youth choir for Choralfest 2006. Revised for the Tasmania University Musical Society in 2009.

Analysis & Media

- Video: The Inward Light