Chris Adams (1979-) is a New Zealand composer and Head of Music at King’s College, Auckland. 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 University of Otago Wallace Arts Trust Artist in Residence at the Pah Homestead from July to September, 2010, a position he held again in 2011. Chris has had works commissioned and performed by a wide variety of orchestras, ensembles and soloists around New Zealand and in Australia, Italy, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Britain.
“When the thunder rolled, and the wind howled, and the rain poured Van der Velden would go into the Gorge, whereas… when the sun shone from a cloudless sky, he would lie with his back to the grass near the hotel and sleep.”