Honorary Patron – Dr. Nigel Clarke
After 2 years of association with the band and the recent dedication of Heritage Suite to John Hutchins and the band, we are delighted that Dr. Nigel Clarke has agreed to be an Honorary Patron of Eynsford Concert Band. We are thrilled to formerly recognise the continued support, vision and guidance that Nigel provides to us and we look forward to working with him extensively over the coming years.
NIGEL CLARKE began his musical career as a military bandsman but a developing interest in composition took him to the Royal Academy of Music to study with Paul Patterson.
Here his striking originality and capacity for hard work were recognised by several significant awards including the Josiah Parker Prize adjudicated by Sir Michael Tippett and the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence – the Royal Academy of Music’s highest distinction.
Nigel was previously 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 and Associate Composer to the world famous Black Dyke Mills Band.
Nigel has also been guest professor at the Xinjiang Arts Institute in north-west China and Associate Composer to the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. More recently he has become a visiting tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and in 2008 the award of Doctor of Musical Arts was conferred upon him by Salford University.
Find out more about Nigel and his achievements at http://www.nigel-clarke.com/