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Simon Wade : Represented Artist

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Date of Birth: 28th August, 1958
Nationality: Australian
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts in Music

Simon Wade graduated from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1979, with principal studies in Composition and Performance (clarinet). His compositions include incidental music for theatre, vocal, chamber ensemble and orchestral works. One of his earliest commissions, a one-act black comedy opera for children, The Watching Clock, was first performed by the Tasmanian Opera Company in 1977, conducted by the composer. He was a clarinettist with the ABC Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and also played as a solo and chamber music recitalist. After graduating, he was Resident Composer for the Australia Council project, Artists in Schools, tutor in clarinet for the Conservatorium and second conductor and section tutor in clarinet for the Tasmanian Youth Orchestras and Concert Band.

From the end of 1980 to 1984, he lived and worked in Townsville, North Queensland, where he was a part-time staff member with the Division of Performing Arts and the Townsville Youth Orchestra. He was also a member of the instrumental trio Canzona (clarinet/recorders, cello and piano/harpsichord), that gave a number of recitals throughout North Queensland and played a founding role in the establishment of a now thriving community music centre.

Moving to Sydney in 1985, he became musical director of the Macquarie University Singers and Composer-in-Residence at the University of New England.

In 1986 he took up a fractional position as Lecturer in Composition and Choral Ensemble at Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education.

In the first part of 1988 he returned to live in Sydney and was a studio assistant under the guidance of Ian Fredericks at the Sydney University Experimental Sound Studio. Since then Wade has worked also as a stage director, and writer in film, video and television.

In 1995 he received his Certificate of TV and Film Production from North Sydney TAFE, and commenced a Grad.Dip. in Communication Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Biography provided by the composer