Alice Humphries is a highly versatile Australian based composer, arranger and orchestrator working across the contemporary classical, jazz and popular worlds.  Her music has been described as “bursting with life and fun, as well as great great beauty” and “deeply thought provoking…offering both moments of incredible intensity and sublime serenity.” She is interested in how natural phenomena and human emotion can be explored through music.

Alice's music has been performed across Australia and internationally by artists including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Syzygy Ensemble and The Letter String Quartet. Her music has been recorded and broadcast for ABC classic fm and she her debut album Ecila was released to critical acclaim. Alice has been a finalist in the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards and the APRA Professional Development Awards and was the Composer-in-Residence for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) in 2010.

As an arranger and orchestrator, she has worked with artists including Eddie Perfect, Josh Pyke, Kate Miller-Heidke, Missy Higgins, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony, and creates string and brass arrangements for contemporary popular artists in both studio and live settings.

Listen on Soundcloud and bandcamp

Strike a light, Burn it bright

Strike a light, Burn it bright premiering at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Monday 23 September 2019 6pm, Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon

The extraordinary Caroline Almonte (piano) and Blair Harris (cello) are giving the first public performance of my 3-movement cello and piano duet Strike a light, burn it bright on Monday 23 September 6pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre. The program also features Stuart Greenbaum’s Lunar Orbit, Janá?ek’s Pohádka and Fauré’s rarely heard Cello Sonata No.1. More info and tickets available here

SALT live broadcast on ABC Classic FM

Tune in to ABC Classic FM at 8pm on July 9th to hear Syzygy ensembles recent performance of SALT, captured live at the Primrose Potter Salon in the Melbourne Recital Centre on May 27th. Syzygy Ensemble also present the world premiere of Deborah Cheetham’s Song for Dulka Warngiid along with other incredible works by Rosalind Page and Lisa Cheney exploring themes of identity, language and landscape.

More information via the ABC Classic FM website: https://www.abc.net.au/classic/programs/evenings/syzygy:-song-for-dulka-warngiid/11143700


Syzygy Ensemble

PATIENCE premiering at Kontiki Racket Festival

Callum G’Froerer playing the double bell trumpet

Written in close collaboration with long time musical ally Callum G’Froerer, Patience for solo double bell trumpet will be premiering in Sydney on June 21 as part of Ensemble Offsprings KONTIKI RACKET festival. More information available here.

The Letter String Quartet – Nautical Twilight


Alice Humphries – Composer

Steph O’Hara – Visuals


Lizzy Welsh – Violin

Steph O’Hara – Violin

Biddy Connor – Viola

Zoë Barry – Cello

Sound Engineer: Jake Martin

Recorded: October 28th, 2017. Melbourne Recital Centre

Commissioned for Melbourne Recital Centre/University of Melbourne with the support of Majlis Pty Ltd.

ABC Classic FM New Waves podcast

Listen here to the ABC Classic FM New Waves podcast.

Features the wonderful Syzygy ensemble premiering Fata Morgana and some great pieces by Australian composers as part of the Macedon Music Glen Johnston Commissions Project.











Syzygy Ensemble – Laila Engle (flutes), Jenny Khafagi (violin), Campbell Banks (cello), Robin Henry (clarinets), Leigh Harrold (piano).

2017 Performances

Video Sonic Quartet – The Letter String Quartet

Melbourne Recital Centre, Saturday 28 October 2017  6pm, The Salon.

Video Sonic Quartet is an audio-visual feast with The Letter String Quartet collaborating with video/visual artists Megan Evans, Anne WiIson and Sal Cooper. The Quartet performs live scores for and in these fascinating filmic works. This performance will use the Salon in innovative ways to create a spatialised experience in which the performers move around the space, sometimes playing from behind the audience and sometimes directly in front of the screen with huge images projected onto their white lab coats. The concert also features two world premiere performances by Alice Humphries and TLSQ’s Artistic Director Biddy Connor.

More information and tickets at here.

Macedon Music Glen Johnston Commissions Project

Sunday 15 October, 2017 at 02:30pm, Lowland Farm 70 Brougham Road, Mount Macedon

Syzygy Ensemble will be premiering four new works commissioned by Macedon Music. Music by Bragg, Bakrnchev, Martin and myself.

Michael Bakrnchev Fragments and Interludes

Alice Humphries Fata Morgana

Caerwen Martin Midnight Loon

Jacob Bragg New Work

More info and tickets at macedonmusic.com

Grainger Museum Composer in Residence

The Grainger Museum has begun a program to connect with, and support, post-graduate music composition at the University of Melbourne. From May the Museum is excited to welcome PhD student Alice Humphries as our new ‘Composer in Residence. Alice will have access to the seminar room and piano to study and compose, and will potentially engage with the Museum in her practice through composition or performance related to both the physical Museum spaces and the exhibitions.  With the doors of the seminar room open to the Museum as she works, Alice will be able to share her music and ideas with Museum visitors as they pass through.


More information about the Grainger Museum here.

Upcoming Concert



After a busy few months of mostly arranging work, finishing a masters degree, and neglecting to update this website, it has been great to get back on the composing wagon for this fantastic upcoming concert. The amazing Sam Wolf has organised a concert to commemorate International Women’s Day which features new works by Lisa Cheney, Samantha Wolf, May Lyon, Jessica Wells and myself.

The concert is happening 730pm on the 7th March in Melba Hall at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Entry is by donation, and all proceeds go to Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre.


Hope to see you there!