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Nigel Williams

Composer

Biography

I am a New Zealand composer of choral and organ music. Recent commissions include music for choirs in Tauranga and Hamilton and Galway, Ireland; also Providence Rhode Island, USA. Having moved to the UK to live and work from 2007-2014, I am now back in NZ working in the lovely seaside city of Tauranga and living in Wellington.

Over the last few years I have composed a number of organ works ranging in difficulty from shorter pieces (currently being published by Wayne Leupold in The Organist's Companion) to larger works such as my set of variations on 'Slane' published in Volume 7 of the Marilyn Mason Music Library. I also have multiple listings of my organ and choral works on Sheet Music Plus.

I have considerable experience as a singer, conductor and composer of choral music and I take great pleasure in accepting commissions. I am delighted that Selwyn College Cambridge UK have included my SATB introit Unto thee O Lord in their Lent term music list 2014. Choirs and organists in the UK, America, Australia and New Zealand have performed my music with much success.

While Director of Music at New Zealand's St Peter's Cathedral in Hamilton I composed A Hymn to St Peter (for choir and congregation) for their patronal festival. In 1998 I composed a cantata on How firm a foundation for 1st Baptist Church Kalamazoo USA to celebrate their new 54 stop Letourneau organ. In 1993 I was commissioned to compose a secular piece for Newcastle University in Australia, I wrote a large piece for children's choir, youth choir and senior choir for which I used New Zealander Allen Curnow's poem Jack in the Boat as text. Set for three choirs, piano, flute and snare drum, this work has been performed in Australia and New Zealand by university and school groups to critical acclaim. Recently I was commissioned to compose a festive hymn to mark the 375th anniversary of the First Baptist Church in America, Providence, Rhode Island.


Composed (10)

Amazing Grace/The Last Post

for SATB choir and Bb trumpet, 3m


Be thou my vision

chorale and variations for organ on the traditional Irish melody 'Slane'


He Mihi ki te Kuaka

for baritone voice, violin and piano


How firm a foundation

chorale and variations for organ


Out of the Deep

a Psalm prelude for organ and alto


Salus Mundi

for SATB choir


Song of the Old Cricketer

for baritone voice, violin and piano


The Church's Mission

for SATB, flutes and hand-drum, 2m


Veni Creator Spiritus

for solo organ



Recordings (1)