Nigel Clarke is a British composer who studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Academy’s highest distinction, the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. Later he gained a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Salford. In 1997 the U.S. Ambassador to the UK (William J. Crowe, Jr.) invited Clarke to join the U.S. Embassy’s flagship exchange programme, ‘The United States International Visitor Leadership Programme’ and as alumnus of this programme, he is a member of the John Adams Society. Clarke has written for symphony orchestra, brass band, and many chamber music combinations, as well as collaborating on several major film scores. His compositions are recorded on the prestigious labels: Naxos, Toccata Classics, Metier, Universal Music, Varese Sarabande, Alhambra Records and Colosseum. Clarke has also received regular performances worldwide including in Argentina, Australia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, China, Croatia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Turkey, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States of America, as well as throughout the European Union. Nigel is currently putting the final touches to a large-scale Symphony for Violin and Orchestra entitled the `Prophecies of Merlin’, to be recorded in 2022.