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Mr James D'Arcy

Principal Clarinettist AYO

Engineered Numerous Major Australian Films

Held Various Musical Director Roles for Productions

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James D'Arcy is a seasoned musician with over 40 years of experience in the field. He began his musical journey by receiving a scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During his undergraduate years, James displayed his talent by composing and having his first musical, "Alice," performed. Additionally, he served as the principal clarinettist with the Australian Youth Orchestra and successfully completed his degree in musical performance.

In early 2021, James decided to focus on music composition full-time once again. Despite his commitment to composition, James still enjoys playing and teaching the clarinet at a high level of expertise.

James has an extensive educational background, including a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the Canberra School of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Music Composition from Sydney University. He also attended a Conducting Symposium in Brisbane in 2005 to further enhance his skills.

Regarding his professional experience, James worked as a Post Production Sound Engineer at Soundfirm, Sydney, from 1988 to 1991, where he assisted and engineered numerous major Australian films' music. He also served as a Composer from 1989 to 1992, composing music for various film projects and TV series.

Throughout his career, James has achieved notable milestones, including composing and having his first musical, "Alice," performed in 1982, serving as Principal Clarinet with the Australian Youth Orchestra in 1985, and holding various musical director roles for productions such as "The Music Man," "The Pajama Game," and "Grease The Musical." He has also been recognized for his contributions to chamber music, reducing the aria 'Marietta's Lied' from Korngold’s Opera “Die Tote Stadt” for chamber ensemble in 2012, and performing as Principal Clarinettist with the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2013.

Sydney School of Music and Fine Arts
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