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Nick Edwards

Biography

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Nick Edwards

Nick (Nicholas A.) Edwards is a composer, pianist, organist and teacher. His collection of piano pieces Midday Moonlight is available as a CD, also as a sheet music book or as downloads. He has also recently recorded fourteen of his organ pieces in Germany.

A former chorister of Salisbury Cathedral, Nick obtained his B.Mus. music degree from Royal Holloway College (University of London), where he studied composition with Brian Dennis and organ with Martyn Parry. His piano studies were, latterly, with Philip Martin and Brenda McDermott, while other organ teachers included Christopher Rathbone and Patrick Russill.

Nick was a top ("Limpus") prizewinner for his A.R.C.O. diploma. He has given solo recitals in England, Germany and Denmark - including the twentieth anniversary concert of the organ of the Markuskirche in Mülheim-an-der-Ruhr, Germany - and has accompanied choirs in tours of churches and cathedrals in England and Ireland. During his tenure as organist and choirmaster of St. John the Baptist, Batheaston, Bath, he organised and performed in many concerts there, also composing three liturgical mass settings, as well as anthems and carols. He was the regular accompanist for ten years with Bath's Jane Lilley Singers, and features on five of their CDs. He also has strong links with Christ Church, Frome, being a frequent performer there, including regular Frome Festival appearances. Additionally he has led occasional singing groups, often to perform his own compositions, and is an experienced, popular and successful instrumental teacher.

Nick lists a variety of twentieth century and contemporary composers as being particular influences on his music, including Satie, Debussy, Duruflé, Alain, Janacek, Thelonius Monk, Arvo Part and Michael Nyman.

Married to a German lady with a passion for collie dogs, he enjoys country walks, attempting to speak German, reading, and watching football - he is a lifelong supporter of Southampton F.C., in which city he was born in 1961.