Biography

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 while at the Academy studied composition with Paul Patterson, and went on to win the Josiah Parker Prize adjudicated by Sir Michael Tippett. Later he gained his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Salford. In 1997 the U.S. Ambassador to the UK (William J. Crowe, Jr.) invited Nigel 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.

Nigel 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.

Nigel has written for symphony orchestra, brass band, and many chamber music combinations, as well as collaborating on several major film

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

scores. His compositions are recorded on the prestigious labels: Naxos, Toccata Classics, Metier, Universal Music, Varese Sarabande, Alhambra Records and Colosseum. Clarke’s scores have received many performances worldwide including in Argentina, Australia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, China, Croatia, 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.

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

Nigel is currently putting the final touches to a large-scale Symphony for Violin and Orchestra entitled `The Prophecies of Merlin’, to be recorded in 2022.