`The Prophecies of Merlin’ to be recorded on the Naxos label in 2022

Posted in News on October 4th, 2021 by Nigel – Comments Off on `The Prophecies of Merlin’ to be recorded on the Naxos label in 2022

Peter Sheppard Skærved

Nigel Clarke

 

 

 

 

 

Neil Thomson

Next year conductor Neil Thomson, Violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved and The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien) will collaborate in a premiere recording for Naxos of Clarke’s new Symphony for Violin and Orchestra entitled `The Prophecies of Merlin’. The recording will take place in Vienna in the second part of next year. More to follow soon.

The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Building cultural bridges after Brexit

Posted in News on October 1st, 2021 by Nigel – Comments Off on Building cultural bridges after Brexit
Building cultural bridges after Brexit

Wednesday 20 October, 14:00-15:00BST/15:00-16:00 CEST | Online Event

The aim of this webinar will be to highlight difficulties and challenges that Brexit has thrown up for UK artists and performers and try to discern solutions to this new reality. Though the focus will be on the music industry, many of the issues are shared by artists and organisations in other cultural fields. Our three panel experts will be Professor Linda Merrick (Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester), Paul Pacifico (CEO of the Association of Independent Music ) and Mark Pemberton (Director of the Association of British Orchestras). Our moderator will be Dr Nigel Clarke, a freelance composer and musician.

 

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20th Anniversary Limited Edition CD Release of `THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR’

Posted in News on September 24th, 2021 by Nigel – Comments Off on 20th Anniversary Limited Edition CD Release of `THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR’

Alhambra Records have announced the release of a 20th Anniversary Limited Edition of the Original Movie Soundtrack to the `THE LITTLE POLAR BEAR’. It only seems like yesterday that we were all in Angel Studios, London recording the score to the feature-length animation with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A couple of the tracks feature a dear friend who sadly is no longer with us, the flautist Francesca Hanley. This anniversary edition also features a bonus track, `Secret Places’ sung by Hannah Robertson.

If you fancy listening to a few key moments from the score, Alhambra Records have produced this YouTube teaser. A big thank you to Alhambra Records for their re-masting and production of the score and Rothkirch Cartoon Film for making this possible.

A performance of `Samurai’ given by the Banda Simfònica Municipal de València

Posted in News on September 23rd, 2021 by Nigel – Comments Off on A performance of `Samurai’ given by the Banda Simfònica Municipal de València

A breathtaking performance of `Samurai’ by the Banda Simfònica Municipal de València under the direction of Rafael Sanz-Espert.

This performance goes back to 10th April 2011 in the Palau de la Música, Spain.

 

 

Is the UK heading for cultural isolation?

Posted in News on September 17th, 2021 by Nigel – Comments Off on Is the UK heading for cultural isolation?

See a recent article of concern that I have written for the online magazine `Encompass’. The magazine deliverers comment, opinion and analysis on the affairs of the European Union and Europe’s place in the world.

https://encompass-europe.com/comment/is-the-uk-heading-for-cultural-isolation

On 20 October, I will moderate a webinar on behalf of the EU-UK Forum. Our three industry experts on the panel will be Professor Linda Merrick (Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester), Paul Pacifico (CEO of the Association of Independent Music ) and Mark Pemberton (Director of the Association of British Orchestras). The aim will be to highlight problems that Brexit has brought to music and try to contemplate solutions and answers to the new reality.