Battles & Chants (Clarinet Concerto) receives Dutch Premiere!

Posted in News on April 18th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off

Though written back in 2001 Nigel’s Clarinet Concerto `Battles & Chants’ will receive it’s Dutch premiere by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble Harmonie St. Cecilia in Bladel under the direction of Jos Simons. The soloist will be Stefan Bocken.

“Battles and Chants” is in three movements – The clarinet can be heard in the role of the tribal leader Cassivellaunus defending his territory against the Romans (the wind and brass instruments), and on occasions the clarinet wins the upper hand!!!

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4Barsrest Interview: Nigel Clarke Part 1

Posted in News on April 6th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off

6171761410_b1577b0f0c_bIn the first of a major three part interview, Chris Thomas talks to composer Nigel Clarke about his early life and musical influences

See Link: 4Barsrest Interview: Nigel Clarke Part 1

 

 

French Premiere of the Wind Orchestra version of `EARTHRISE’

Posted in News on March 24th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off

Earthrise NantesThe Nantes Philharmonie under the direction of Frederic Oster will give the French premiere of the wind orchestra version of Nigel’s `Earthrise’ in a concert dedicated to American composers and works with an American theme on 30th March. This is the second time that the Nantes Philharmonie and Frederic Oster have performed Nigel’s work. Nigel will be attending this concert.

 

Programme

Robert Russell BENNETT Suite of old American dances

Paul CRESTON Concerto for saxophone alto
Saxophone : Florent ABADIE

John ADAMS Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Daisuke SHIMIZU Spirit of Saint Louis

John MACKEY Turbine

Nigel CLARKE Earthrise (création française)

 

See link about this concert with Nigel’s music in the background:

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Nigel has become the first Visiting Composer to MTSU Bands!

Posted in News on March 14th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off
Conductor Dr Reed Thomas with Nigel after a performance of `Black Fire'

Conductor Dr Reed Thomas with Nigel after a performance of `Black Fire’ at MTSU

Nigel is very proud to have accepted the position of `Visiting Composer’ to Middle Tennessee State University Bands. Nigel is currently working on a major work for the MTSU”s Wind Ensemble to be premiered during the 2014-2015 academic year.

See link: Visiting Composer

Nigel Launches a Kickstarter Campaign to Fund New CD

Posted in News on March 5th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off

IMG_2862Nigel’s latest project is to record his works written for string orchestra along with a new commission in the form of an epitaph for WW1 nurse Edith Cavell.

Clink on link to find out more about this unique and creative: MUSIC & WORDS