James Wade is an award winning Australian/New Zealand composer. He has composed music for a wide range of ensembles including orchestral, chamber, electro-acoustic and vocal music.

His music has been broadcast and performed by numerous ensembles internationally including the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Ballet, the Plexus ensemble, the Halcyon ensemble, the Melbourne, Tasmanian, Vancouver and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.


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The NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ recordings concert takes place on 11 February 2016, at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, New Zealand. Te Matua Ngahere will be performed and recorded alongside the music of four other New Zealand composers.

The Song Company perform September as part of the All-Leunig Song Almanac throughout New South Wales in October and November 2015.

The Sydney Symphony Fellows will be performing Liujiang Ancient Town for mixed ensemble on 23, 25, 26 and 27 July 2014 during their NSW tour with concerts in Sydney, Taree and Newcastle. More details here.

The Australian Ballet's Melbourne season of Bodytorque.DNA sees the performance of Corpus Callosum choreographed by Richard Cilli with music I composed. Performances are on the 17th, 18th and 24th June 2014 at the State Theatre with Orchestra Victoria.

The premiere of The Cosmic Dance for winds, brass and percussion, at 7.30pm on Saturday 6 April 2013 at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elizabeth Murdoch Hall by the University of Melbourne Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey.

On 23 January 2012 I was announced as the recipient of the 2012/2013 Hephzibah Tintner Fellowship for composition. More details availablehere.