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Chris Adams


Born: 1979


Chris Adams (1979–) is a New Zealand composer and is the Director of Music at The Cathedral Grammar School in Christchurch. He was the Mozart Fellow (2010–2011) at the University of Otago and the Auckland Philharmonia’s Composer in Residence (2009). Chris was the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Pah Homestead from July to September, 2010, a position he held again in 2011.

As a composer, Chris has worked with a wide variety of soloists and groups including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia. His music has been performed around New Zealand, and in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Hong Kong, Italy and Vietnam.

Photo credit: Gareth Watkins

Composed (93)

A Song Cycle

for soprano and piano, 7m

Acanthis: a winged canticle

a five movement suite for orchestra, 22m

Adoramus Te

for a cappella mixed choir, 4m


for tenor or soprano and piano, 2m 30s


for full orchestra, 20m


for piano


for piano trio, 8m

Antonyms of Trust

for actor and orchestra, 10m

Arianna's Dance

for clarinet quartet, 50s

Art Miniatures

for flute and piano, 20m

Athena's Nymphs and the Downfall of Troy

for flute, violin and viola, 6m


for viola and guitar, 2m


for flute and harp, 2m


for mezzo-soprano and guitar, 2m

c.f. Martinu

for organ, 3m 30s

Canticum Novum Terrae

for clarinet quartet, 7m 30s

Canticum Novum Terrae

for a double reed quartet of two oboes and two bassoons, 7m 30s

Carmen ad Celebrandum (Song to Celebrate)

for baritone soloist, unison choir and orchestra, 13m

Caspar; an imminent arrival

for orchestra, 5m

Centenary Overture

for orchestra

Chamber Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Contrabassoon/Bassoon

for tenor saxophone, contrabassoon/bassoon and ensemble, 8m 30s

Contemporary Triptych

for flute, bassoon and piano, 10m

Counting Game

for piano, 30s


for toy piano, 5m

Dowland Fragments

for mezzo-soprano, violin and piano, 10m


six short pieces for violin and viola, 10m

Echoed Memories

for orchestra, 9m


for horn in F and piano, 4m


for piano doubling toy piano

Evening Service

for SSAATTBB choir and organ, 6m

F.S.M. Hallelujah!

for string quartet and clarinet in B flat, 12m

F.S.M. Hallelujah!

for clarinet and string orchestra, 11m 30s

Five Summer Songs

five miniatures for string orchestra with harpsichord, 8m

Flight - Lost in an urban(e) jungle

for E flat clarinet, 3m 30s

Fonterra's Mad(rigal)

for orchestra, 10m

Four Vignettes mourning the loss of a river

for a cappella mixed choir, 7m

Fugue and Dance: MMXX

for recorder quartet, 7m 30s

Haere Mai (SATB)

for SATB choir, 2m

Haere Mai (SSAA)

for SSAA choir, 2m

Homage to a Fau(w)n

for mixed chamber ensemble, 12m

Hurunui Gorge

for piano, 1m

In Memoriam

for orchestra, 9m

Introducing the Orchestra

for orchestra, 3m 30s

Jekyll Rat

for piano trio, 12m

Mad Cow-Farmer Disease

for chamber nonet, 7m


for clarinet and piano, 6m


for organ and orchestra, 11m

Mass for Double Choir

for double choir, 13m


for string quartet


for piano

Otira Gorge

for orchestra


for string quartet, 15m

Postcards from Eden

for chamber orchestra

Postcards from Eden

for chamber ensemble of twelve players

Preces and Responses

for SATB choir and organ

Prelude and Fugue for two violins and cello

for two violins and cello, 7m

Progress March

for symphonic band, 8m


for flute, clarinet, horn, violin and cello, 15m


for cello and piano, 4m


for clarinet and piano, 4m


for violin and piano, 4m


for bassoon and piano, 4m

Requiem for a big man

for mezzo-soprano, 2 flutes, 2 violins, oboe and piano, 5m 30s

Requiem for a Big Man

for soprano, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass and harpsichord, 5m 30s

River Lavalle

a chamber opera, 1h


for soprano solo and SSAA choir, 3m

Sing to the Lord a new song (Psalm 98)

for mixed choir and organ, 5m 15s

Slimy Git

for solo clarinet, 2m 30s

Song to “Cat”

for string quartet, 3m 6s

Songs from Childhood

for bass voice and piano, 7m

Songs of Moses and Isaiah

for alto (or mezzo-soprano) and organ (or chamber organ)

Star-Spangled Banner

for string quartet


for lever harp with loop pedal, 5m

String Quartet No.5

for string quartet, 10m

Symphonic Dances

for orchestra, 10m

The Arianna Suite

for string quartet, 5m 30s

The Arianna Suite

for four violins, 5m 30s

The Arianna Suite

for four flutes, 5m

Three Poems

for bass voice and piano, 4m

Three Songs on Old Texts

for soprano and piano, 8m

Three Songs on Old Texts

for mezzo-soprano, viola and cello, 8m

Trio Suite

for three recorders, 6m

Trusttum Toys

for flute, clarinet in B flat and bassoon, 10m 30s

Two Portraits

for string quartet, 6m

Unspoken Songs

for string quartet, 12m

Variation: Sumer Is Icumen In

for chamber orchestra, 1m

VBS Remix

for woodwind quintet and CD, 3m 30s

Viola Sonata for Helen

for viola and piano, 20m

When David Heard

for a capella choir, 4m

Wild Daisies

for piano, 2m

Performances (7)

Donizetti Trio - Chamber Music New Zealand Tour

This concert series is presented in association with Music Whakatane, Aroha Music Society, Tauran...

Music as Play

A festival and conference dedicated to music for the Toy Piano, comprising of a series of concert...

New Art Song of the Pacific Rim

Chris Adams Afternoon – Brian Turner Anthony Ritchie My father today – Sam Hunt S...

Chamber Music NZ | Jade String Quartet (Warkworth)

__Additional performances:__ [June 20th (Waikanae)](

Chamber Music NZ | Jade String Quartet (Waikanae)

__Miranda Adams__ | violin __William Hanfling__ | violin __Robert Ashworth__ | viola __E...

Chamber Music NZ | Jade String Quartet (Auckland)

__Miranda Adams__ | violin __William Hanfling__ | violin __Robert Ashworth__ | viola __E...

Chamber Music NZ | Jade String Quartet (Wellington)

__Miranda Adams__ | violin __William Hanfling__ | violin __Robert Ashworth__ | viola __E...