Nigel Clarke studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music with Paul Patterson, winning the Josiah Parker Prize (adjudicated by Sir Michael Tippett) and the Academy’s highest distinction, the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He gained his Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Salford. Nigel has previously held positions as Young Composer in Residence at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Composition and Contemporary Music Tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, London, Head of Composition at the London College of Music and Media, visiting tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music, Associate Composer to the Black Dyke Band, Associate Composer to the Band of HM Grenadier Guards and Associate Composer to the Royal Military School of Music. In 1997 Nigel joined the United States International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the US Information Agency. He is currently Associate Composer to Brass Band Buizingen in Belgium, Composer-in-Residence to the Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine (Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy) and Visiting Composer to Middle Tennessee State University Bands. Nigel recently received a British Composer Award for his concerto Mysteries of the Horizon.
Mysteries of the Horizon is a Cornet Concerto (Cornet and Brass band) and takes as its expressive starting point four paintings by the Belgium surrealist, René Magritte (1898-1967). It had its UK premiere on the 25 January 2013 at the RNCM Festival of Brass 2013 at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and was performed by the Tredegar Town Band.