Email: john@johnwells.co.nz

John Wells: Composer

John Wells' recent commissions include the Orlando Singers' suite of four NZ love poems Wild Daisies for their 40th anniversary concert.   The works were well received and have appeared on subsequent programmes performed by the Singers.   A new mass is under way, dedicated to the memory of David Dunningham, and a second Organ Concerto.  The first concerto was premiered in 1996 and has since been heard throughout NZ (8 performances) and in Melbourne with the Orchestra Victoria.

All Wells' compositions are now available in PDF format from the NZ Music Centre in Wellington. 

Reviews
"...one of the most striking and immediately enjoyable examples of contemporary writing..." [NZ Herald review of Quartet for violin, clarinet, cello and piano]

"I praise (this) unique achievement... a historic moment... the work will be a treasure." [Tamas Vesmas on The Well-Tempered Piano]

"John has done a fantastic, large-scale setting that's like a rocket going off, one of those moments when everything clicks into place." [Dr Indra Hughes on the Musica Sacra Canticles, Set 1 at their Christchurch Cathedral premiere]

"[The Organ Symphony is] no mere showpiece for this particular organ, but a work that is worthy of repeated hearing, combining inventive musical ideas and compelling development with great stylistic variety . . ." [David Burchell in Organz News]

"Hey, this is great stuff . . . it has what it takes to make it internationally" [American Organist review by Michael Barone of the Organ Concerto, recently given its eighth NZ performance by the Auckland Philihamonia Orchestra] 

Recent Keyboard Works
The Well-Tempered Piano 2001-2007; 30 Preludes and Fugues in all keys
Fifth Suite for organ, commissioned 2005; recorded and broadcast 2006
Sixth Suite for organ, commissioned 2006; premier  2007; recorded for broadcast 2007
Partita on Wolvercote for organ, commissioned 2007                                                 Unfinished Business for piano, commissioned 2010 

Recent Choral Works
Jade and Gold (second Choral Suite for SATB choir and piano)
Evening Canticles (Set One) for organ and choir;
Evening Canticles (Set Two) for unaccompanied double choir                                                Wild Daisies (for unacc. SATB) 

Works in progress                                                                                                                          Second Organ Concerto

January 2013