John Spence

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John Spence is a composer of chamber and orchestral music with over 35 years of experience. He has composed many large scale orchestral works and his chamber music has been performed by some of Australia's leading musicians including Michael Kieran-Harvey, Catherine Selby and David Miller.

In 2014 Spence was awarded an Australia Council grant to compose a work for the Anzac 100 year commemoration. The 23 minute solo piano work was performed by Spence and featured in a number of concerts throughout regional NSW.

Spence has also worked extensively as a session musician, producer and arranger. In 2017 he composed the soundtrack for the film Rip Tide starring Disney's Debby Ryan. 

He is currently the composer in residence at the Wollongong Conservatorium. He has also received regular commissions resulting in a diverse output. His latest work called Dark Fire was composed as a memorial to the bushfire victims of the recent Australian Bushfire tragedy. It will be performed by Members of the Steel City Strings on the 19th of July. The link is below.



Dark Fire for String Quartet

In the summer of 2019 Australia faced a deadly outbreak of bushfires across many regions leaving a devastating trail of natural and communal destruction. Firefighters fought with their lives to save lives to protect communities. This work is dedicated to the honour and memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.




Guitar Quintet - Song for the Fisherman's Daughter



Variations on an Australian Theme - for Piano solo



Rip Tide 

John Spence composed the film score for the new Debby Ryan film Rip Tide. The Soundtrack is now available on all digital media platforms.

Here is the track Storm