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"IMPECCABLE DISPLAY FOR AUDIENCE . . . Wells promised high drama and he delivered.   The large audience was treated to an impeccable display of virtuosity in a demanding programme . . . With Wells' hands and fingers dancing rapidly over the four keyboards, (the Vierne) was a delight to listen to and watch . . . The virtuosity was clearly evident (in Thalben-Ball's Paganini Variations) with the precision of two feet playing chords . . . Wells revelled in engaging the full tonal resources for this authentic presentation (of the first movement of his Organ Symphony).                                                                                 The concert was a display of virtuosity equalling that of other international concert organists . . . mastery . . . with ease." (Hawkes Bay Today, May 2014)

“Talented musicianship and knowledgeable comments . . . an entertaining and informative concert.   Gifted both as musician and lecturer, a master in his element . . . leaving the feeling that (the work) had been played just the way Bach would have wanted it, with understanding, skill and passion.”  (Whakatane Beacon, February 2015)

"While the sky opened in torrents outside, I was amazed at the number of people arriving at this concert . . . This was a masterful example of the genre played in a spectacular fashion with complete confidence and sparkle . . . The greatest delight was in hearing Wells' own work (the Fifth Suite) . . . left me wanting to hear more of his compositions.   (He) gave the freshly tuned organ a complete workout.  The buzz afterwards and the race to purchase CDs confirmed we had just experienced a piece de resistance."  (Nelson Mail, 9/3/2015)

". . . a programme carefully chosen to reveal the boundless glories of (the organ) . . . Wells demonstrated his obvious love of his instrument, his incredible proficiency at the keyboard and his heightened sensitivity towards his music - all reflective of the tremendous musicianship on display . . . a captivating performance." (Stephen Fisher in The Manawatu Standard, Palmerston North, May 2016) 

 

Further engagements include accompanying choirs, regular work with the Auckland Philharmonia and a solo concert tour of the North Island in next March, beginning at St George's Anglican church in Thames on March 5th, 2017.

He continues to visit schools with his Roland C330 digital organ, most recently playing and talking about the organ to students at the Trident High School, Whakatane.  He continues his work as a private teacher and overseas examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Three compositions are in progress - a work for APO timpanist Vadim Simongauz and organ, a choral mass In memoriam David Dunningham and his Second Organ Concerto, following on from the considerable success of the first concerto.

August 2016