Nicholas Simpson is an English composer and conductor.
He read law at Nottingham University, and after ten years playing in rock bands went on to study composition and conducting at Trinity College of Music in London. For four years he was a pupil of John Tavener.
He practiced law briefly in London in the 1990s, but now lives in Manchester where he is busy as a composer and conductor. He has had a long association with the Athenean Ensemble, is MD of the Halifax Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Huddersfield Phil and has guest conducted with many other orchestras across the North West.
His music has been compared to Rautavaara and Tippett, and has been widely played in Europe and the United States as well as the UK. The Zelkova Quartet’s new CD, Remembered Music, features two of his quartets, plus a setting of words by Kathleen Raine for quartet and soprano. He is currently working on an opera, an adaptation of Jim Crace’s Booker-shortlisted novel Quarantine.
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