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"one of the real heavyweights on the Welsh music scene"


"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

 Welsh Chamber Orchestra

"...he is a composer who is totally comfortable when choosing poetry and understands intuitively how to set words"

Dr. Geraint Lewis

"Welsh Music"

"We have commissioned several chamber works from Chris. Always easy to work with, very professional and ultimately great music."

Peryn Clement-Evans

Ensemble Cymru

"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 that 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."

Dr Timothy Raymond
Composer and Director of Music at Bolton Abbey Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert, North Yorkshire


"his music takes nature in its many guises as a starting point often using it as a metaphor for the human condition"
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