Callum With The Cardiff Univeristy Purcell Singers


This site is for the Composer Callum Nicholls. Educated at Cardiff Univeristy by Arlene Sierra and Robert Fokkens and currently finishing his Masters degree at Cardiff University. Callum's interests lie across the field of composition, and he is looking to undertake PhD study at Cardiff Univeristy focusing on the dramatic devices used in music for Film and Opera, two of his key compositional areas of interest.

Having been involved with musical theatre during his youth, this interest and passion has continued on and in 2012 Callum wrote his first Musical 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' , based on the Oscar Wilde Novel of the same title, which was  premiered at Cardiff University in February 2013.

Callum is currently working on his first Opera 'The Water of Life' his own adaptation of the Grimm Brother's fairytale. Which he hopes to finish by the end of 2014. He is also currently working on a number of pieces of music for a series of Children's Education Apps for the iPad.

Callum is always open to taking on any new projects, so if you are interested in working on any new projects with him please contact him at



The Water of Life

18/06/2013 12:42
Well ladies and gentlemen my first Opera The Water of Life is well under way. The Libretto is complete and composing has begun. I am looking to finish the first act by the end of september, and hope to upload some previews from the first act shortly after! Watch this space...  

A late response

21/05/2013 22:39
Well much after the event itself The Picture of Dorian Gray prooved to be a great sucess, with two sell out performances and £360 made for charity. However, despite still having the painitngs looming in my house, time must move on and I am currently busy starting to write my first Opera 'The Water of Life' based on the Grimm Brother's fairytale. If my obsession with dramatic wasn't apparent...


08/02/2013 09:00
Well it is getting very busy on the two week countdown for Dorian Gray, the orchestra and cast are hard at work and sounding good, the costume team have really pulled all the stops out and I have my right man in this escapade Drew dealing with 20 something emails a day from me saying 'what about this'. Cardiff Univeristy have written an article on the project which can be viewed from this...

Dorian Gray

02/01/2013 12:14
Never Ageing But Always Changing. Ladies and Gentlemen 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' is fast approaching and rehearsals are more then underway.  The Musical itself will be performed on FRIDAY 22ND AND SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2013 Tickets are now available for the two performacnes to be held at Cardiff University Concert Hall on Corbett Road. They are available from...


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