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. He performed performed the piece as part of a tour of 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 teaching composition and theory at the Wollongong Conservatorium. He has also received regular commissions resulting in a diverse output. His work called Dark Fire was composed as a memorial to the bushfire victims of the recent Australian Bushfire tragedy. It was be performed by Members of the Steel City Strings on the 19th of July 2020 in an online concert.

He also composes regularly for students completing senior school music. His works are included in the AMC recommended repertoire lists.



Dark Fire - String Quartet no. 4

This work was commissioned by the Steel City Strings for their Isolation Concert. The work reflects on the bushfire tragedy that unfolded towards the end of 2019 and continued in to January of 2020. The is dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives.



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 Debby Ryan film Rip Tide. The Soundtrack is available on all digital media platforms.

Here is the track Storm