Diana Mathews breathes life in to Nigel’s solo Viola work `Flashpoint’

Posted in News on October 28th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off

Pictures cruise 708Diana Mathews (Viola) gave an earth-shattering performance of Nigel’s solo Viola work `Flashpoint’ in St John’s Church, Spencer Hill, Wimbledon last week (14/10/14). Diana had been helping Nigel update and edit `Flashpoint’ which dates back to 1990 and was originally written for Jane Atkins.

`Flashpoint’ is published by Peter Edition.

 

Diana Mathews’s live performance from last week in Wimbledon

 

 

Success with `Earthrise’ for the Marian Catholic High School Marching Band

Posted in News on October 28th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off

Congratulations to the Marian Catholic High School Marching Band from Chicago Heights, USA. They have yet again had another wonderful season of musical achievements. The band on Saturday 27th October finished in first place in Class 2A in the Bands of America Regional Championships in Indianapolis, and placed third in the finals behind two Class 4A schools from Indiana.

The wining performance included a special arrangement of my  wind orchestra work `Earthrise’ along with work by composers John Mackey (Frozen Cathedral) and Michael Giacchino (The Kronos Wartet).

The next big challenge for the Marian Catholic High School Marching Band will be on the 12th November in the US Grand Nationals, in Indianapolis.

Good Luck to all participants!!!!

 

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Peter Sheppard Skaerved performs `Loulan’ while on tour in Estonia

Posted in News on September 13th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off

Peter Sheppard Skaerved performs `Loulan’ while on tour in Estonia with the `Prairie Home Companion’ – August 2014

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Nigel Clarke ‘Loulan’
PETER SHEPPARD SKӔRVED (Violin)

Filmed by Daniel L Johnson
14. august 2014 kell 13 Väravatorn
Gate Tower, Tallinn, Estonia

Concert presented by Eesti Kontsert
with thanks to Madis Kolk & Tiiu Valper

- New Work, Marching Bands & Concerts in in Costa Rica this Summer!!

Posted in News on September 10th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off
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Judging the Marching Bands competition with Dr Reed Thomas at the Corazon Verde Festival of Music in Paraiso

Thank you to all the students, musicians and organisers of the Corazon Verde Festival of Music (the Green Heart Festival) in Paraiso, Costa Rica. I had a fantastic time working with you all and of course giving the world premiere of my ‘Old World Overture’ – a special thanks to Mauricio Solano and Dr Reed Thomas who made the whole week world-class!!! Many new friends (Manuel, Adrian, Gabriel, Jose, Evelyn, Sol, Jo, Valeria, Presilla, Fiio and of course Mauricio plus many others ) and many great memories from Costa Rica!!!!!!

27 marching bands took part in this year’s marching bands competition in the Corazon Verde Festival, and a one-week music course was organised bringing together students to form the Corazon Verde Festival Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr Reed Thomas (Director of Bands at Middle Tennessee State University). Much of the landscape of Costa Rica is covered by spectacular rain forest which is also home to 5 percent of the world’s total bio-diversity. To highlight environmental concerns, the entrance fee for each band wishing to participate in the festival was 5000 aluminum drink cans which were to be re-cycled after the festival.

Dr Reed Thomas conducting in the Paraiso Town square

Dr Reed Thomas conducting in the Paraisio Town square

I wrote a new work called `Old World Overture’ which was written as a musical gift from the Old World to the New World and is dedicated to Mauricio Solano and the musicians and organisers of the Corazon Verde Festival. I based this piece on traditional Balkan folk music heard while holidaying on the banks of Lake Ohrid in Macedonia in the summer of 2013.`Old World Overture’ is energetic and dance-like in style, with contrasting moments of eccentricity and humour. I look forward to ‘passing forward’ my positive experiences in Costa Rica by writing a work based on their musical culture gifted to another part of the world in the future!

 

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From left to right – Mauricio Solano, Nigel Clarke, Manuel Monge & Dr Reed Thomas

 

 

Nigel conducting the premiere of `Old World Overture'

Nigel conducting the premiere of `Old World Overture’

 

 

One of the marching band from the competition

One of the marching bands from the competition

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The world Premiere of `Old World Overture’

Highlights from the European Brass Band Championships 2014 NOW OUT

Posted in News on September 10th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off

Highlights from the European Brass Band Championships 2014 presented by Frank Renton in conversation with Paul Hindmarsh and Nigel Clarke

To purchase this DVD go to:

 

£21.95

Double-set available from 6th September 2014

www.worldofbrass.com

Telephone Order Line 01933 445445

 

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