Mr Nigel Hess

Honorary Fellow

Nigel Hess works extensively as a composer for television, theatre, film and the concert hall. He has scored over twenty Royal Shakespeare Company productions and received the New York Drama Desk Award for Much Ado About Nothing and Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway, while scores for Shakespeare's Globe have included The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, Henry VIII and Nell Gwynn.

Television scores include A Woman of Substance, Vanity Fair, Campion, Maigret, Dangerfield, Just William and Wycliffe. Nigel has received the Ivor Novello award twice for Best TV Theme (Hetty Wainthropp Investigates and Testament), and is well-known to Classic FM listeners for his film soundtrack to Ladies in Lavender played by violinist Joshua Bell and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Nigel’s music for the concert hall includes the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales and recorded by Lang Lang; A Christmas Overture commissioned by John Rutter and premièred by the RPO at the Royal Albert Hall; Jubilate Deo commissioned by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and A Celebration Overture commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His music for symphonic wind band is played worldwide, and includes commissions from the Royal Air Force and the Band of the Coldstream Guards.

Nigel was honoured to be asked to arrange and direct the music for Her Majesty the Queen’s private 90th birthday celebration at Windsor Castle, and has recently received an Honorary Fellowship from St.Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

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New York Drama Desk Award ('Outstanding Music in a Play') for Royal Shakespeare Company's Broadway productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Cyrano de Bergerac; 2 Novello Awards for Best Television Theme (Testament & Hetty Wainthropp Investigates); Television & Radio Industries Club Award for Best Television Theme (Summer's Lease) Music Retailers Association Award for Best MOR Vocal Album (Chameleon).