James Humberstone’s output is influenced by his research background in experimental music, and his interest in composing for children and community ensembles. Born in London, Humberstone migrated to Australia in 1997 after completing a degree in composition at the University of Exeter. His honours thesis was on the music of Howard Skempton, with whom he studied briefly after graduating. By combining postgraduate studies in composition and experimental music with education qualifications and an 11-year residency at Sydney’s MLC School, Humberstone developed an approach to combining new and challenging music for children with supporting resources. In 2013 he became a lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and today works in the fields of composition, music education and technology research, as well as experimental music. For nine years he has been Director of Applications and Education at Sibelius Software.