NICHOLAS GENTILE BECOMES FIRST COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE AT COWRA CIVIC CENTRE

 

As part of this years World Peace Day, Cowra Civic Centre enlisted the help of current AIM Staff member and AIM Alumni, Nicholas Gentile, to compose the final component of a 3 part suite. 

As the first ever Composer in Residence, Nicholas was commissioned to create a piece that "draws on the events of the tragic Cowra Breakout (WWII), as well as the amazing journey of reconciliation and peace between Cowra and Japan." - Visit Cowra.

Nicholas spent 4 weeks in Cowra composing and orchestrating the suite, whilst running composition workshops for secondary students and adults during his time in the area. 

Featuring a number of AIM current students and alumni (including sound engineer Kailesh Reitmans), we are incredibly proud of his work and everything it took to get this completed. 

 

Listen to Path of Peace - World Peace Day Suite below.

 

 

Path Of Peace, from Nicholas Gentile's World Peace Day Suite. 

Composed & Orchestrated by Nicholas Gentile 

Commissioned by Cowra Civic Centre 

Sound Engineer, Kailesh Reitmans. 

Cowra has an extensive history and story to tell about the role of peace. Drawing on the events of the Cowra Breakout with the Japanese and Italian prisoners of war, the World Peace Bell, the Japanese Gardens, Peace Precinct and ongoing commitment to international understanding, Nicholas composed the World Peace Day Suite. 

Path Of Peace is the finale of Movement #3 from the Suite. 

Soloists 

Bridget Patterson
Jessica Westcott
Timothy O'Neal
Sung Sun Hong 

Featuring & thanks to: 

Kailesh Reitmans, Phil Gentile, Demi Louise, Brittanie Shipway, Dani Mirels, Clare Mack, Cypriana Singh, Denzel Bruhn, Emelina Elizabeth-Marie, Alexis Hutchinson, Martin Everett, Matt Herne & Serena Tramontana.

 

ABOUT NICHOLAS GENTILE

Nicholas has established himself as a fine talent in the music industry with shining testimonials concerning theatre, performance and composition. A proud graduate of the prestigious Talent Development Project, Nicholas has performed and studied around the world.

His BMM scholarship allowed Nicholas the opportunity to study conducting on the West End under Denise Ham and Colin Pettit on Les Miserables. In 2013, Nicholas travelled to Broadway through the Talent Development Project to work with composers such as Stephen Schwartz (WickedGodspellPippin) and Alan Menken (The Little MermaidSister ActAladdin), going on to perform in theatre venues around New York and Washington such as Don’t Tell Mamma and The Kennedy Centre. He was invited back as a student in the Marvin Hamlisch Broadway Conductors Program. Back home in Australia, Nicholas became the Chief conductor of the Sydney Girls Orchestra.

Nicholas was later invited back by the ASCAP Foundation and has since participated in the development of new musicals as a performer and Musical Director under the direction of Stephen Schwartz.

Nicholas is the composer of La CreoleTogether Apart, and a musical short film trilogy online (Identical, Devoted, Loving) starring Philip Quast. He has worked as a composer and orchestrator on various short films for international film festivals. Most recently Nicholas has been commissioned by Fine Music Australia to write a new Opera entitled Émile & Voltaire. His opera was developed in Italy in 2019 as part of the Puccini International Opera Composition Program and was to premiere in Lucca, Italy in 2020 but has been delayed because of Covid-19.

As a teacher Nicholas has designed the musical theatre curriculum for the Sydney Actors School and continues to teach musical theatre at the Australian Institute of Music, occasionally joining the staff at NIDA.

Nicholas is the creator and producer of Broadway Reimagined, which is now travelling internationally, throughout the corporate and cruise sectors.