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

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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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`The City in the Sea’ in Maidstone

Posted in News on July 21st, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off
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Nigel with soloist Glenn Van Looy in Maidstone

I would like to thank Jonathan Crowhurst and Maidstone Wind Symphony for the wonderful performance (14/06/14) they gave of the my Euphonium Concerto `The City in the Sea’ – Glenn Van Looy (Euphonium) was just simply brilliant in his rendition of my ghostly concerto!!! I must say that the whole concert was engaging from beginning to end with wonderful music written by Tom Davoren and Pete Meechan. This Maidstone Wind Symphony under the direction of Jonathan Crowhurst is going from strength to strength!!!

 

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Nigel enjoying the performance of `The City in the Sea’ given by Glenn Van Looy, Maidstone Wind Symphony under the direction of Jonathan Crowhurst .

Composer-in-Residence at the Conservatório de Tatuí, Brazil

Posted in News on July 20th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off
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Nigel discussing `Storm Surge’ with conductor Dario Sotelo

It was a wonderful expereince to attend the Brazilian premieres of `Earthrise’ & `Storm Surge’ as part of III Semana da Composição para Bandas. There were three Composers-in-Residence at the Conservatório de Tatuí, Michael Rose (USA), Alexandre Travassos (Brazil) and myself from the UK. The Festival was organised by Dario Sotelo assisted by Inez Martins also a wonderful conductor of vision. 

I witnessed the most extraordinary concert while at the Conservatório de Tatuí (14/05/14), one that will keep within my memory for ever, given by the Concerto Banda Sinfonica do Conservatorio de Tatui under the brilliant direction of Dario Sotelo – Wow! The first two works were written by the Brazilian composer Alexandre Travassos – what a talent! His overture `Captura do Saci’ should be staple repertoire for serious minded orchestras. Dario also performed David Gillingham’s masterwork ‘Cantus Laetus’ – the orchestra’s performance during the evening was simply stunning. Dario finalised the concert with my elemental symphonic portrait `Storm Surge’ with a moving poem read over the music written by Martin Westlake (listen to extract below). Originally premiered in october 2013 by Peter Kleine Schaars and theMarinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine the orchestra gave a memorable Brazilian premiere. The audience at the end were so silent in respect, as they remembered the 2,551 souls who perished in the tragic storm that hit the North Europe coast (and in particular) the Netherlands in 1953. The second concert on the Saturday (17/05/14) featured more work by Alexandre Travassos and the Brazilian premiere of `Flat Rock’ by US composer Michael Alec Rose. `Flat Rock’ was originally premiered in the USA by Dr Reed Thomas and the Middle Tennessee State University  Wind Ensemble. Dario and the orchestra also gave a tremendous reading of my `Earthrise’!! It’s such a rare privilege to be a musician and have such experiences and to witness the musical vision of Dario Sotelo is certainly a privilege!! The whole approach to music education in Tatui, is creative and enlightened and is encouraging to know that there are places in the world that are really getting it right – we have so much to learn!!!! Nigel Clarke

 

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Concerto Banda Sinfonica do Conservatorio de Tatui under the baton of Dario Sotelo perform `Storm Surge’ with Martin Westlake’s poem in display

 

Here is a short extract of the Concerto Banda Sinfonica do Conservatorio de Tatui under the direction of Dario Sotelo performing the final section of `Storm Surge’ on 14/05/14.

 

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Concerto Banda Sinfonica do Conservatorio de Tatui under the baton of Dario Sotelo perform `Earthrise’

 

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Nigel talks to the Concerto Banda Sinfonica do Conservatorio de Tatui

 

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My new friends in the the Concerto Banda Sinfonica do Conservatorio de Tatui with gust conductor Inez Martins

 

 

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Thanking the leader

 

 

 

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Nigel giving a lecture at the Conservatório de Tatuí, Brazil