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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.

New Dutch Commission for The Fanfareorkest De Hoop Stellendam

Posted in News on June 27th, 2021 by Nigel – Comments Off on New Dutch Commission for The Fanfareorkest De Hoop Stellendam

Nigel has been commissioned to write a new large-scale work in honour of the 125th Anniversary of The Fanfareorkest De Hoop Stellendam. The result will be conducted by their newly appointed conductor Anne van den Berg. Based in the Netherlands, the orchestra has asked that Nigel celebrate in his composition the Netherlands famous Delta Works, a series of dams, sluices, locks, dykes, levees, and storm surge barriers in South Holland and Zeeland that protect the coast from serious flooding. It regarded internationally as one of “The Seven Wonders of the Modern” and is praised by the American Society of Civil Engineers. As well as celebrating this extraordinary engineering achievement, Nigel also plans to bring an environmental flavour into this work. The The Fanfareorkest De Hoop Stellendam are no strangers to Nigel’s work as they performed his Earthrise back in 2018. Nigel says that as a British (Belgium based) composer that he is very privileged to have been asked to write this piece for the orchestra’s 125 anniversary!

To learn more about the Delta Works go to:

https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/destinations/provinces/zeeland/the-delta-works.htm

The Fanfareorkest De Hoop Stellendam performing Earthrise in December 2018.

The digital streaming and iTunes release of the disc `When Worlds Collide’ is Out Now!!

Posted in News on May 1st, 2021 by Nigel – Comments Off on The digital streaming and iTunes release of the disc `When Worlds Collide’ is Out Now!!
The CD `When Worlds Collide’ (winner of the 2013 `4barsrest CD of the year’) has now been re-released on digital streaming services Spotify, Tidal, Deezer & YouTube Music and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store. This recording features Brass Band Buizingen (at the time of recording Belgium National Champions) conducted by Luc Vertommen with soloists Harmen Vanhoorne (Cornet) & Glen Van Looy (Euphonium). Each work on the disc has an introductory poem specially commissioned from the writer, and poet Martin Westlake read by Frank Renton.