- J.M. Thomson
(b Wellington, Nov 16, 1952). New Zealand composer. One of a musical family, she studied the violin and piano with Gwyneth Brown who gave her a comprehensive and imaginative musical foundation. From 1977 she began to sing with vocal ensembles and choirs such as Cantoris. In 1982 she graduated (BMus) from the School of Music at Victoria University, Wellington, where she developed a special interest in ethnomusicology (which included playing and singing with the gamelan) and in early and contemporary music. In 1984 she joined Jack Body’s composition class for six months, writing Raindance and, after her father’s death, Black Rain. In 1991 she was awarded a substantial QEII Arts Council grant. Her experiments in electroacoustic music led to the montage Witch’s Mine (1991). She became resident composer at the Nelson School of Music in 1992 and the following year Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago. She enjoys writing for solo instruments, ensembles and orchestras, and favours music-theatre and multi-media works....