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.   The First Organ Concerto was premiered in 1996 and has since been heard throughout NZ (8 performances), in Melbourne with the Orchestra Victoria and in the USA.  The Second Organ Concerto was premiered in 2017 in the Auckland Town Hall with Rebecca Lee (soloist) and the Auckland Youth Orchestra under Antun Polyanich. [See Home Page for the AV link.]

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

" 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                                                          Second Organ Concerto, commissioned and premiered 2017 

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)                                                 

August 2019