Alan Griffiths: the Composer

Alan Griffiths was born in Blantyre, Malawi in 1967 and moved to Christchurch, New Zealand six years later. He studied piano and clarinet from age 9 before winning a scholarship at age 10 as boy soprano with the Christchurch Cathedral Choir.

From age 13 he had a deep urge to write music, and began composing his own art music. At age 19, after a brief stint in the New Zealand Army Band as a keyboard player, Alan moved to Australia, where he sought private study with professional composers.

Alan studied with the late Michael Easton, then with the late Dr Allan Zavod. Under Zavod’s guidance Alan’s music became freer and more widely expressive. He went on to score for dozens of plays, corporates, and short films and two feature films.

After Introspection Volume 1 and Rare View Volume 2, comes Volume 3, due for release in 2020. This next album will consist of voice and piano duets, a couple of SATB a cappella choir pieces and excerpts from an opera Alan is planning to write.

The links below detail Alan’s career in composition, producing and journalism: