`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

Leading a Composition Workshop organised by Liverpool’s arts organisation `Metal’

Posted in News on July 20th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off

IMG_0468**** Congratulations (!!!) to all the musicians involved in the Composition Workshop organised by Metal over the weekend ***

I recently led a composition workshop for the respected Liverpool arts organisation`METAL’ with talented young musicians from local schools. I am always stunned by the creativity that flows from the young – but this was on a whole new higher level of achievement! The workshops took place at`Metal’s’ (extraordinary) HQ centred at Edge Hill train station!! I hope in the next few days to be able to post some of their work up for you to see and listen to. A big thank you to Metal’s Jenny Porter and composer Bill Connor for their help throughout the day and making the event such a huge success.

 

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Metal’s’ (extraordinary) HQ centred at Edge Hill train station!!

 

Here are the two wonderfully creative results that the young musicians from local schools in Liverpool came up with after a day of musical experimentation!!! (26/04/14)

David Lynch’s ‘Elephant Man’

A short clip from 1953 silent film ‘Little Fugitive’ directed by Ray Ashley

`Battle & Chants’ in Belgium

Posted in News on July 20th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off

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Congratulations (!!) to Clarinettist Stefan Bocken for his stunning performance of my clarinet concerto `Battles & Chants’ with the Hamonie St Cecilia, Rotem under the direction of Jos Simons at the LUCA School of Arts, Campus Lemmens. Stefan also performed the Mozart and Nielsen Clarinet Concertos in the same programme as well as Michael Daugherty’s `Brooklyn Bridge’ – all part of Stefan’s MMus final exam. This whole concert-event was a tour de force, a totally brilliant display of musicianship combined with mastery of the instrument!! Thanks to all for this musical experience.

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Nigel with conductor and soloists after the stunning performance of `Battles & Chants’ (12/06/14)at the LUCA School of Arts, Campus Lemmens, Belgium

Recording Part One of my String Orchestra Disc with Longbow

Posted in News on July 20th, 2014 by Nigel – Comments Off
A big big thank you to Peter Sheppard Skaerved Sébastien Rousseau, Malene Sheppard Skaerved, Luc Vertommen, all the players of ‘Longbow’, Jonathan Haskell (Engineer) and Kickstarter supporters for the wonderful recording session (9th June) !! For me it was one of life’s very special experiences. Thank again One and All. We recorded two works during the day `The Scarlet Flower’ for Flugel Horn (Sébastien Rousseau) and String Orchestra and  `Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight’ for Speaker and String Orchestra. We will be recording several other of my string orchestra works in the Autumn for my disc.
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Sébastien Rousseau and Longbow recording
`The Scarlet Flower’ (Concertante for Flugel Horn & Strings)
Hear short audio clip:
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Recording`Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight’ 

See Below:

Longbow directed by Peter Sheppard Skaerved recording part of the storm sequence from my `Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight’ in All Saints Church, Tooting, London (09/06/14).

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