Nigel Clarke (b. 1960) began his musical career as a military bandsman but a developing interest in composition, stimulated by the New Polish School of composers, took him to the Royal Academy of Music to study with Paul Patterson. Here, several significant awards, including the Josiah Parker Prize and the Queen's Commendation for Excellence – the Royal Academy of Music's highest distinction, recognized his striking originality and capacity for hard work. In 2008 the award of Doctor of Musical Arts was conferred upon him by Salford University.
Clarke's previous positions include: the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Royal Academy of Music, the London College of Music and Media, the Royal Northern College of Music and Associate Composer to Black Dyke Band.
He is currently Associate Composer to Brass Band Buizingen and Composer in Residence to the Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine (Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy) as well as a visiting composer with the MTSU Bands. The MTSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Reed Thomas, recently recorded two works by Clarke, Earthrise and Heritage Suite (What Hope Saw) for the ensemble's 2014 NAXOS Wind Band Classics recording, EARTHRISE. Clarke is currently working on a major work for the ensemble to be premiered during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Clarke also works as a film composer and has been nominated several times at the World Soundtrack Awards.