A "personal favourites" selection of the many recordings on which Nigel has performed :


Sibelius : Karelia Suite [Philharmonia / Vladimir Ashkenazy - Decca]

Wagner : Die Meistersinger [ROH/Haitink - ROH]

Puccini  :  Tosca  [Mirella Freni / Placido Domingo / Philharmonia / Guiseppe Sinopoli - DG]


Verdi : La Traviata [Royal Opera / Sir Georg Solti - Decca]

Tchaikovsky : The Nutcracker  [The Royal Ballet / ROH Orchestra / Yvgeny Svetlanov - Opus Arte]

Stravinksy  :  The Firebird & Les Noces  [The Royal Ballet / ROH Orchestra / John Carewe - Opus Arte]

    Film & TV soundtracks    

Among many soundtrack recording sessions, these are the memorable ones :

A Passage to India,  Band of Brothers,  Rules of Engagement,  Tosca - the movie,

Lord of the Rings (The Two Towers),  Stargate,  The English Patient,  Red Dwarf

Tomb Raider (The Cradle of Life),  Judge Dredd,  Madeleine,  Lost in Space

Thief of Bagdad,  King David,  The Pagemaster,  Ivanhoe

    Performance Highlights    

Some highly memorable performances not, alas, committed to disc - and in no particular order.

Mahler :  Second Symphony [Philharmonia Orchestra / Simon Rattle - Royal Festival Hall 1983]

Mahler :  Performance cycle of all the symphonies  [Philharmonia / Guiseppe Sinopoli - Japan 1992]

Wagner :  The Ring Cycle  [ROH / Bernard Haitink - 1995]

Last Night of the Proms  [BBC Symphony / Andrew Davis - Royal Albert Hall 1991]

Massanet  :  Manon  - the ballet [ROH / Ashley Lawrence - ROH 1984] The final performance of Jennifer Penny and Antony Dowell in the leading roles.  The applause was still continuing long after the orchestra had left the building.

Loesser  :  Hans Andersen  [Tommy Steele / London Palladium 1978]  My first encounter with large-scale West End production.

Wagner Die Valkyrie  [Domingo et al / ROH / Antonio Pappano - BBC Prom -  Royal Albert Hall 2004]

Bach Choir Family Carols  [The Bach Choir / Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble / Kneller Hall Fanfare Trumpets / John Scott, organ / Sir David Willcocks - Royal Albert Hall 1983]  Christmas music never came better than this!

Stravinsky  :  The Rite of Spring  [ROH Orchestra / Daniele Gatti - Barbican 1997]

Orff Carmina Burana  [Philharmonia Orchestra  /  Wolfgang Sawallisch - Royal Festival Hall 1986]

Rachmaninov2nd Symphony  [Philharmonia Orchestra / Yvgeny Svetlanov - Royal Festival Hall 1987]

The White Stripes & others  :  Chroma  [ROH / Richard Bernas - Royal Opera House 2006]  The opening night of Wayne McGregor's new ballet, where half the audience weren't sure who the White Stripes were and the other half unsure of who the Royal Ballet were.

Shostakovitch  :  Lady Mcbeth of Mtensk  [ROH / Antonio Pappano - Royal Opera House 2005]  The opening night of the new production by Richard Jones, with huge demands on the percussion section and an immense number of notes for the xylophone!

Berlioz  :  Benvenuto Cellini  [ORR / Sir John Eliot Gardiner 2019]  The concluding highlight of a number of years of Berlioz celebrations, this neglected opera was given in semi-staged form at a number of venues including the Royal Albert Hall Proms and the Palace of Versailles.   A great challenge and great fun.