Lives in Notts., United Kingdom
I studied piano and composition at Trinity
London in the 1970s.
I was encouraged in my composition by
My love of pianos led me to
my own piano restoration business (the day job) while
teaching piano in the evenings.
The day job was finally relinquished in
more composing time.
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| Reviewer Marijke van Uden Date 17th Jul 2003
Very funny for saxes
It is a very amusing and cheerful composition.
Sometimes we have difficulties in determine when to breath without breaking the piece.
That is probably because it is originally composed for the piano.
Nick arranged it particular for the El Bimaci Saxophone Quartet.
Everytime after playing the piece, it brings a smile on our faces because we can clearly hear the traffic jam.
El Bimaci Saxophone Quartet
|Hark The Herald
| Reviewer Karen Breach Date 14th Nov 2007
Mr. Wynne has produced a beautiful arrangement of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,"
ready to use for any Church setting or Christmas program.
Thank you for providing interesting music that doesn't require hours of practice before it's ready to perform!
| Sir John Tavener
" You must send this piece to all the cathedrals in the country...."
Colin Mawby, Master of Music, Westminster Cathedral
" Get me some copies and we will run through it with the choir...."
| Reviewer Marijke van Uden Date 17th Jul 2003
We are very proud and honoured that Nick wrote this SUITE FOR SAXOPHONE QUARTET for the El Bimaci Saxophone Quartet.
The first movement RONDEO is a very lively part with melodic lines and always brings joy to our quartet.
The second movement ALLARGANDO is very demanding for the embouchure and tone building. This piece has a rural character.
The third movement LILT is a bright part with a nice solo for the baritone saxophone.
The last movement FINALE, we are still working on it. So we will write our experiences later.
At first sight this SUITE FOR SAXOPHONE QUARTET seems easy to play, but during
rehearsals we discovered the challenges this SUITE offers.
We all are very greatfull to Nick for writing this SUITE.
Ellis Hendriksen, Ciske v.d.Oever, Bianca Kuijpers, Marijke v.Uden.
Members from the El Bimaci Saxophone Quartet.
|Scherzo for String
| Reviewer David Young Date 26th Oct 2001
Some excellent rhythmic motifs give this piece energy....
Some "Scherzos" are written in fast 2/4 meter, like this one, drawing some resemblance,
perhaps, to one or more of Dvorak's Slavonic dances.
The tempo is right and the rhythmic figures demonstrate a lot of energy.
For much of the piece, the harmonic movement matches the fast rhythm........
I like the energy and modeling of this piece.
Short, but along the lines of a fast, romantic style 2/4 "scherzo."
Reviewer Geneva Miller Date 28th Jan 2007
Whimsical and Engaging
In “Teddy Bear,” Mr. Wynne has presented accompaniment to the classic A. A. Milne poem
which meets Milne’s standard of creativity and whimsy.
Just as Milne’s writing is entertaining to readers of all ages, Wynne’s score is both accessible to young musicians and engaging for potential audience members of any age.
Reviewer Glen Shannon Date 10th May 2005
Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed this piece.
Sure, it may be a little tricky to work out some things during rehearsals
but the effect is amazing - if an animation were superimposed over the narration and music,
you'd have a very popular children's cartoon.
The music supports the storyline perfectly and the suggested rhythms for the narration are very amusing at times.
Any chance this could be reworked for recorders?
Reviewer Tillie Dilworth Date 24th Mar 2005
I thought this was not only really sweet but interesting musically.
If you could simplify it and make it for little clarinettists to play,
I think the kids would really enjoy performing this themselves.
A great piece. I enjoyed it a lot.
Review by Sibelius Music
Close clusters and poetic piano
The texture of this music immediately evokes the striking opening of Benjamin Britten's Canticle II for tenor and alto soloists,
with its static harmonic base in the piano, elaborated upon by, in this case, a female chorus.
The composer's influences also clearly include John Tavener, who is also a proponent of this kind of 'organ-like' choral writing.
It is perhaps telling of the composer's own interests that it is the piano that is the chief protagonist in this work,
providing all of the contrast and rhythmic movement.
This kind of music requires extraordinary stamina to bring off,
and the biggest challenge is often holding an audience's attention for the entire journey.
There is a great intensity that must be carried throughout the whole piece, and the conclusion of the piece,
with its half-step clashes, makes for a striking end.
This is an extraordinary dialogue between piano and choir.
The singers tell the story in words, but it is the piano that paints the pictures.
The end result is a very striking and evocative piece, but one which will require excellent singers to perform successfully
Reviewer Ike Todman Date 2nd May 2001
Wonderful tone clusters!
This truly is uplifting, like an epic story full of controversial contrasts.
I felt as if I was on a beach and the tide was coming in, -
the repeated phrases are like the ocean waves, the words also gave this feeling.
This work easily gets better with more listening. I'll give such originality my highest score.