- James Instone
I am constantly aware of and excited by the sounds of the environment around me and these sounds have a profound influence on my teaching and composition. Not that I try to copy these sounds; rather I am inspired by their rhythms, their textures and their micropolyphony…
James Instone was born in England and emigrated to New Zealand as a youth. He graduated in composition and conducting at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and trained as a teacher at the Christchurch College of Education.
He subsequently undertook post-graduate composition and conducting studies with Karlin Greenstreet Love and Monte Mumford at the University of Tasmania in 1996-97. James has conducted many ensembles and was also a member of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s clarinet section from 1986-2000.
He is presently the Head of Visual and Performing Arts at Mont’Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has worked previously in Singapore and Brunei Darussalam.
James has written a wide range of works for many professional, amateur and school-based ensembles, including pieces for symphony orchestra, wind orchestra, string orchestra, choir, solo wind instruments, several school musicals and Orff ensemble music. His most recent compositions include Concertino for Soprano Saxophone, Strings and Harp, Perjalanan Seharian for SATB choir, chamber orchestra and gamelan ensemble, and Subuh for large symphony orchestra.Source: James Instone, December 2010