ABOUT

Nigel Clarke (born 1960) is a British composer who studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Academy’s highest distinction, the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence.

Nigel Clarke is a British composer who studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Academy’s highest distinction, the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. In 1997 the U.S. Ambassador to the UK (William J. Crowe, Jr.) invited Clarke to join the U.S. Embassy’s flagship exchange programme, ‘The United States International Visitor Leadership Program’ and as its alumnus, he is a member of the John Adams Society.

Clarke has held positions as Composition and Contemporary Music Tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, London, Head of Composition at the London College of Music and Media and Visiting Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music. His associations include Young Composer in Residence at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Associate Composer to the Young Artists Concert Trust (YCAT), and Associate Composer to the the Black Dyke Mills Band as well as the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

You get the firm impression of a composer with an acute sensitivity to intervals and timbres, and the imagination not merely the skills, to transform his materials into compelling musical forms. 

BBC Music Magazine

Clarke has written for symphony orchestra, brass band, and many chamber music combinations, as well as collaborating on several major film scores, including Jinnah, The Little Vampire, The Little Polar Bear, The Thief Lord, Will & Baseline. His compositions are recorded on the prestigious labels: Naxos, Toccata Classics, Metier, Polyphonic, MovieScore Media, Varese Sarabande, Universal Music Company, Colosseum, Alhambra Records and Colosseum.

This is hard-hitting music, vibrant and intense.

Richard Whitehouse
Gramophone Magazine

Clarke’s scores have received many performances worldwide including in Argentina, Australia, Bosnia, Canada, Colombia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Turkey, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States of America, as well as throughout the European Union.

Clarke’s music is published by C. Alan Publications, Maecenas Music, Novello & Co, Peters Edition, Studio Music Company, Hafabra Music, Band Press and KnightWind Music.

Nigel receiving the `Queen’s Commendation for Excellence’ at the Royal Academy of Music in 1986 from Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales

Clarke is currently putting the final touches to a large-scale Symphony for Violin and Orchestra entitled the `Prophecies of Merlin’, to be recorded by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (Radio Symphonieorchester Wien) for the Naxos label in 2022. Clarke lives with his family in Brussels, Belgium.

Works

2021

EARTHRISE – Symphony Orchestra  [transcription by Nigel Clarke]
THE PROPHECIES OF MERLIN – Symphony for Violin and Orchestra

2020

WILD WINDS COLDLY BLOW – Tenor Horn Solo & Brass Band
OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE – Symphony for Trombone, Actor and Orchestra [transcription by Nigel Clarke]
THE BLACK MADONNA & THE BLUE FOREST – Wind Orchestra

2019

LA FLEUR EN PAPIER DORÉ – [The Golden Paper Flower] – Wind Orchestra

2018

CHRISTINA’S MEMORY GARDEN – Soprano, Trumpet, Storytellers & Symphonic Wind Orchestra
[Words: Malene Sheppard Skaerved]

2016

THE EXOTIC DREAM OF THE WONDERFUL MONSIEUR MAGRITTE – Bb Trumpet & Sound Design – Studio Music
FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE SAME  – Brass Band – Studio Music
A MUSICAL MURDER MYSTERY AT THE BATES MOTEL – Brass Quartet (Cornet, Eb Tenor Horn, Baritone & Euphonium)

2015

MYSTERIES OF THE HORIZON – Trumpet & Concert Band – Studio Music
AN EPITAPH FOR EDITH CAVELL  – Solo Violin – Studio Music

2014

A RICHER DUST – Speaker & Concert Band – Studio Music
[Words: Malene Sheppard Skaerved]
OLD WORLD OVERTURE – Concert Band – Studio Music
THE SCARLET FLOWER – Flugel Horn  & String Orchestra – Studio Music

2013

DOGGER, FISHER, GERMAN, BIGHT, HUMBER, THAMES, DOVER, WIGHT – String Orchestra – Studio Music
[Words: Malene Sheppard Skaerved]
STORM SURGE  – Concert Band – Studio Music
PULP AND RAG – String Orchestra – Studio Music
THE FLAVOUR OF TEARS  – Arranged for Cornet/Trumpet & Wind Band (Original for Cornet & Brass Band) – Studio Music

2012

MYSTERIES OF THE HORIZON – Cornet/Trumpet Concerto & Brass Band

2011

EARTHRISE – Arranged for Wind Band (Original for Brass Band) – Studio Music
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE – Brass Band

2010

Will – feature film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)
THEIR FINEST HOUR – Concert Band – Studio Music
TILBURY POINT – Arranged for Brass Band (Original for Concert Band) – Studio Music
EARTHRISE – Brass Band – Studio Music

Clarke’s (….) music stands in defiant opposition to the modern trend towards easy accessibility and instant assimilation.

Records International

2009

HERITAGE SUITE (What Hope Saw) – Concert Band – Studio Music
BASELINE – feature film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)
SWIFT SEVERN’S FLOOD – Brass Band – Studio Music

2008

EQUIANO – Clarinet Quintet – Studio Music
FIELDS OF REMEMBRANCE – concert band – Studio Music

2007

FANFARES & CELEBRATIONS – concert band – Studio Music
THE CONDITION – short film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)

2006

BENJAMIN’S STRUGGLE – short film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)
MR MILTON – short film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)
FRACTURED – short film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)
BLACK FIRE – concert band & violin – Studio Music

2005

FORGOTTEN HEROES – concert band – Studio Music
THE THIEF LORD – feature film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)
BENJAMIN’S STRUGGLE – short film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)
WITHDRAWAL – short film soundtrack (collaboration)

2004

GAGARIN – concert Band – Studio Music
THE LONG NIGHT – short film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)
SPACE CHASE – short film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)

2003

KING SOLOMON’S MINES – concert Band – Studio Music
TILBURY POINT – concert band – Studio Music
ROCKET POST – feature film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)
OUTBURSTS – solo piano – Studio Music

2002

MATA HARI – concert Band – Studio Music
LOULAN – solo violin – Studio Music
CITY IN THE SEA – euphonium concerto – piano reduction – Maecenas Music

2001

BREAKING THE CENTURY – [1999] – [rev.] – extended for Concert Band – Studio Music
BATTLES AND CHANTS – clarinet concerto (concert band) – piano reduction – Studio Music
LITTLE POLAR BEAR – feature film soundtrack (collaboration)

2000

BATTLES AND CHANTS – clarinet concerto (concert band)
THE LITTLE VAMPIRE – feature film soundtrack (collaboration)
THE MIRACULOUS VIOLIN – violin concerto – violin and string ensemble – Studio Music

… the audience spellbound with the sheer originality of `Lindisfarne Stone’ by Nigel Clarke.

Musical Opinion

1999

THE DEVIL AND THE HEMLOCK STONE – Bb clarinet & sound design
BREAKING THE CENTURY – brass band – Studio Music

1997

GWENNAN GORN – brass band – Maecenas Music
MECHANICAL BALLET – brass band – Maecenas Music
THE CITY IN THE SEA – [1997] – symphonic wind ensemble – Maecenas Music
THE HEMLOCK STONE – Bb clarinet – Studio Music
JINNAH – feature film soundtrack (collaboration with Michael Csanyi-Wills)

1996

THE PENDLE WITCHES – brass band – Maecenas Music

1995

THE CITY IN THE SEA – concerto for euphonium & brass band – Maecenas Music
SAMURAI – symphonic wind ensemble – Maecenas Music
TANGAROA – marimba – Peter’s Edition **

1993

ON THE WINGS OF THE WIND – classical accordion – Peter’s Edition **
ATLANTIC TOCCATA – brass band – Maecenas Music
CHINESE PUZZLES – flute and piano – Peter’s Edition **
PERNAMBUCO – solo violin – Peter’s Edition **

1992

VENETIAN MIRRORS – chamber music – Peter’s Edition **
SKETCHES FROM DON QUIXOTE – trombone & piano – Brass, Wind Publications
SKETCHES FROM DON QUIXOTE [rev.1993] – tuba & piano – Brass, Wind Publications

1991

SOLSTICE [1993 & 2009] – piano – Peter’s Edition **
PACIFIC IMAGES – piano trio – Peter’s Edition **
WINTER MUSIC [1996, rev.2009] – string orchestra – Peter’s Edition **

1990

RAIN DANCE [rev. 2009] Orchestra – Peter’s Edition
FLASHPOINT [rev. 2009] viola – Peter’s Edition
PREMONITIONS – trumpet – Novello Publishing

Clarke’s `Chinese Puzzles’ possessed plenty of energy, imagination and communicability, demanding much and getting it.

The Times

1989

LINDISFARNE STONE – violin & piano – Novello Publishing
RAIN DANCE – orchestra – Peter’s Edition **
FEATURING RHYTHM – treble clef brass – Brass, Wind Publications
FEATURING RHYTHM [rev.1997] – tenor & bass clef brass – Brass, Wind Publications

1987

SPECTROSCOPE – cello – Novello Publishing

1986

PARNASSUS – string orchestra – Novello Publishing

1985

ECHO AND NARCISSUS [rev.1991 & 2009] – flute – Peter’s Edition **

Revised works are listed by their original composition date with their year of revision in brackets, thus 1985 Echo and Narcissus [1991] – flute

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** formerly Maecenas Music

Anyone who knows Nigel Clarke solely from his brass band work will be in for a shock here. This is hard-hitting music, vibrant and intense.

Richard Whitehouse
Gramophone Magazine

Appointments / Committees & Residences

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