who attended the Royal College of Music and gave the world premiere of Sir Andrzej Panufnik’s “Concertino
for Timpani, Percussion & Strings” with the London Symphony
Orchestra on 24th January 1981. In 1981, he became the principal
percussionist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held
until 1988. In 1988, he took up
the same role with the LSO.
Then, he re-joined the LPO in 1990 and stayed with them until
1992. In 2003, he returned to
the LSO, and has remained with them for several seasons.
The LSO teamed
up with Helene Grimaud at the Barbican on 8th
October 2004 for a performance of “Piano Concerto No. 3” by Bela Bartok, which was followed by The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.
April 2006, they joined forces with mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, bass
Gerald Finley, the London Symphony Chorus, tenor John Mac Master and
soprano Twyla Robinson for Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No.
9 in D minor, Op. 125” (“Choral”).
The LSC and
LSO worked in tandem again on 14th June 2007 in a concert that
included Les Noces
by Igor Stravinsky and October
Cantata by Sergei Prokofiev, bookending Claude Debussy’s “First
Rhapsody for Clarinet”, with soloist Andrew Marriner.
In the spring
of 2008, the LSO in a pair of concerts at Barbican Hall and at Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Included in their repertoire was “Concerto
for Two Pianos and Percussion” by Bela
Bartok, which featured the talents of Nigel and fellow percussionist Neil
Percy, with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich at the keys.
Deborah Voigt was a guest soloist of the LSO on 12th June 2009
in an evening of operatic highlights that included “Dich, teure Halle” from
and “Du bist der
Lenz” from Die Walkure by Richard Wagner, and “Ich kann nicht
sitzen” from Elektra and “Zweite Braut nacht” from Die Aegyptische
Helena by Richard Strauss.
June 2010, the LSO had lots of guests, including pianist Vladimir Feltsman, the LSC, leader Joris
van Rijn, soprano Sally Matthews and conductor Xian Zhang. The ambitious program opened with “Piano
Concerto No. 3” by Sergei Rachmaninoff and closed with Gloria by Francis Poulenc.
was center stage on 9th November 2011, when the LSO offered up
the “Flute Concerto” of Carl Nielsen, sandwiched between The Mermaid by Alexander von Zemlinsky and “The Miraculous Mandarin—Suite” by Bela Bartok.
November 2012, the LSO interpreted Alban Berg’s “Violin
Concerto”, with the services of Leonidas Kavakos, and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No.
1” (“Titan”) under the baton of Semyon
the world premiere of Speranza by Mark-Anthony Turnage
on 7th February 2013.
It was preceded by “The Oceanides”
by Jean Sibelius and “Piano Concerto No. 3” by Ludwig van
Beethoven, with Lars Vogt as guest soloist.
which Nigel appears include: Bartok: Concertos with Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Beethoven: Symphony No. 7/Triple Concerto, Classikhan, Debussy: La mer/Jeux/Prelude
a l’apres-midi d’un faune, James
MacMillan: St. John Passion,
Mahler: Symphony No. 4, Mozart: Requiem, Rachmaninov:
Symphony No. 2, Ravel: Daphis et
Chloe/Bolero/Pavane pour une
infante defunte, Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Sibelius: Symphony No. 2/Pohjola’s
Daughter, Smetana: Ma Vlast;
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie and Tippett: A Child of Our Time
with the LSO; Body & Soul by
Rick Astley; Lore
by Clannad; Maire by Moya
Brennan; The Meeting by
Incantation; and, Tales Don’t
Tell Themselves by Funeral for a Friend.