John Wells begins 2012 performing Respighi with the APO on February 23rd and then takes part in the Auckland Choral Society’s KALEIDOSCOPE preview concert on the 26th. March 18th sees the seventh performance of his own popular Organ Concerto with the St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, a very appropriate return to the venue where the work was premiered in 1996. April 28th is the 25thanniversary of the Aotea Youth Symphony and Wells’ Vistas: Five Images for Young Auckland, written for the orchestra in 1996, will be performed. May sees him accompanying Messiah in Rotorua on the 12th, using his own special organ edition; he performs in a 5pm concert with the NZSO and Uwe Grodd on the 20th, which will feature organ solos in the first half followed by Bruckner’s Mass in F minor. He will play Naji Hakim’s sensational and virtuistic Rubaiyyat IVduring this concert. The same night he flies out to England for examining work and professional development with the Associated Board. An organ concert not to miss will be his appearance in the Auckland Town Hall on Sunday 25th November in a solo concert.
Wells’ The Well-Tempered Piano (30 preludes & fugues in all keys) will be available shortly on CD (you can order your copy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org ) and he gives a solo piano recital for the Warkworth Music Society on September 16th – “Strangers in a strange land”. He will again accompany graduations for AU and AUT.
An event of particular significance for the NZ organ world will be the first National Organ Academy, to be held in Wanganui from January 3rd to the 12th ; John Wells will be one of the tutors.