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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.

Pulp and Rags for string orchestra

Posted in News on March 26th, 2021 by Nigel – Comments Off on Pulp and Rags for string orchestra

Longbow directed Peter Sheppard Skaerved performing `Pulp & Rags’ for string orchestra. This perpetuum mobile represents the the machinery of the lost Buckland Paper Mill in Dover. The work was commissioned by Dover Arts Development (Dad).

Mysteries of the Horizon performed by Harmen Vanhoorne (Cornet) and The Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Posted in News on March 26th, 2021 by Nigel – Comments Off on Mysteries of the Horizon performed by Harmen Vanhoorne (Cornet) and The Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Nigel Clarke’s Mysteries of the Horizon performed by Harmen Vanhoorne (Cornet) and The Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Naxos CD: 8.574097

Mysteries of the Horizon: I. The Menaced Assassin

Mysteries of the Horizon: II. The Dominion of Light

Mysteries of the Horizon: III. The Flavour of Tears

Mysteries of the Horizon: IV. The Discovery of Fire

 

 

The Exotic Dream of the Wonderful Monsieur Magritte

Posted in News on January 15th, 2021 by Nigel – Comments Off on The Exotic Dream of the Wonderful Monsieur Magritte

Here is an excellent rendition by USA Euphonium soloist Grant Jameson of `The Exotic Dream of the Wonderful Monsieur Magritte’ – I love the `horror’ genre images and  Grant’s creative approach to this performance!!!