Nigel Hess

Previously for Chichester Henry VIII, The Sisterhood and Love for Love.

Nigel Hess works extensively as a composer and conductor in television, theatre, film and the concert hall. He has composed music for more than twenty RSC productions and received the New York Drama Desk Award for Much Ado About Nothing and Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway. He has also composed for Shakespeare's Globe, and scores have included The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, Henry VIII, The Knight of the Burning Pestle and Nell Gwynn.

His scores for American and British television include A Woman of Substance, Vanity Fair, Campion, Maigret, Dangerfield, Just William, Wycliffe and New Tricks. He 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 is played worldwide and includes a Piano Concerto (Classical Brits Nomination for Composer of the Year) commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales in memory of his grandmother which was premièred and recorded by internationally-renowned pianist 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 also performed globally, and includes commissions from the Royal Air Force and the Band of the Coldstream Guards.