I have known Christopher Painter for over 10 years. He came to my attention first as the exceptionally fine composer I know him to be. He has continued to produce a series of strikingly fresh and original works in various instrumental media from chamber music to music for full orchestra. Indeed, it was his impressive ability in instrumentation which led me to approach him to teach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He taught extensively at postgraduate level - subjects included Advanced Instrumentation and Harmony - and more generally in his capacity as the College's resident expert in publishing and computer processing. In this latter capacity, he taught, amongst other subjects, Desktop Publishing. He proved to be a sympathetic and very effective tutor and lecturer, unstinting with his time and always ready to help students in an informal, advisory capacity, over and above the 'call of duty'. I wish him every success.

Tim Raymond
Director of Music, Bolton Abbey Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert, North Yorkshire

Chris's music is genuinely moving, well-crafted and rewarding to rehearse.

Simon Lovell-Jones
Assistant Director of Music at Llandaff Cathedral School

I am pleased to have an opportunity to endorse Christopher Painter as a composer of considerable ability. His writing has a strength and appeal which makes him one of the most important Welsh composers writing today.

Anthony Hose
Conductor, Welsh Chamber Orchestra

Excellent composer

Jeremy Huw Williams

We've commissioned several chamber works from Chris over the years including music for education, launch of a major venue and public performance. Always easy to work with, very professional and ultimately great music.

Peryn Clement-Evans
Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Ensemble Cymru

Commissioning new works for wind orchestra is something of a lottery. However, I knew some of Chris Painter’s work, and felt confident that THE BROKEN SEA would be something special – and it was. Unlike many composers, Chris took the wind genre seriously, avoiding stereotypical cliches, avoiding patronising the medium and writing down. The work is a major addition to the repertoire, a work not to be undertaken lightly, but so far every wind orchestra that has tackled it reports that it was an enormous success with players and audience. Tough, uncompromising, it captures the flavour of the poem by Vernon Watkins and a stormy North Atlantic seascape to perfection. This is a major addition to the contemporary wind orchestra repertoire.

Dr. Timothy Reynish