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Nick Edwards

Biography

Nick (Nicholas A.) Edwards is a British composer, pianist, organist and teacher. He was born in Southampton in 1961, and began his musical career as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral. He is a music graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, a (Limpus) prize-winner for his A.R.C.O. diploma from the Royal College of Organists, additionally gaining distinction for the DipABRSM in piano performance. His studies were with, amongst others, composer Brian Dennis, pianists Philip Martin and Brenda McDermott, and organists Patrick Russill, Martyn Parry and Christopher Rathbone.

Nick has composed two collections of piano pieces: the second of these, entitled Midday Moonlight, he has recorded as a CD. The style of these fifteen pieces merges classical with jazz, employing a wide palette of timbral, rhythmic and harmonic colours. Featuring one of these - Latino Eduardo - on her Essential Classics programme, BBC Radio 3 presenter Sarah Walker said the piece "really captured my imagination". Of late, Nick has performed increasingly as a solo pianist, not least in an appearance at the 2016 Certosa Festival, at Calci near Pisa, at which he played pieces from Midday Moonlight. Jane Jones - of Classic FM - was among the audience for the premiere of Midday Moonlight and declared the experience "an unexpected privilege".

As an organist, Nick was Assistant Organist at the Church of The Sacred Heart in Wimbledon, before settling near Bath, where he was organist of St. John the Baptist Church for twenty years. For the choir there he composed motets and mass settings. He also ran a singing group called The Nightingales for whom he wrote more informal music such as the Wordless Songs. He has given recitals in Germany and Denmark as well as England, notably an anniversary recital of an organ in the Ruhr Valley, at which he performed music by composers from seven European countries to demonstrate the versatility of the instrument. He later recorded fourteen of his own pieces on the same neo-classical instrument. He has accompanied many choirs, including - for ten years - Bath's Jane Lilley Singers, with whom he recorded five CDs. Nick has played for church and cathedral services in Ireland and Norway as well as in Gloucester and Wells Cathedrals and in many other corners of England.

In addition to piano, organ and choral music, Nick has composed chamber music and a pop song. A recent project involved composing eerie piano music for a film about ghosts in Somerset.

Nick lives in a rural corner of North Wiltshire with his wife Gabriele and their collie dog. He lists his hobbies as "football, crosswords, reading, struggling with languages, country walks and pubs."