A musical all-rounder, Nigel Westlake (born 1958) is a composer, conductor and professional clarinettist. He has performed in a broad range of ensembles including orchestras, chamber groups and fusion bands and his conducting engagements have included appearances with the Sydney and Queensland symphony orchestras. His original music is heard in concert halls and chamber venues around the world and his film music credits include Babe, Miss Potter and the IMAX films Antarctica and Solarmax. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has performed the Antarctica Suite on many occasions including concerts in Sydney and Canberra. The TSO has also recorded the Antarctica Suite along with Out of the Blue andInvocations. All three works appear on Nigel Westlake – Out of the Blue, a CD in the TSO’s Australian Music Series on ABC Classics. Westlake’s Missa Solis – Requiem for Eli, which was written to the memory of his slain 21-year-old son, was awarded Work of the Year at the 2012 APRA/Australian Music Centre Awards.
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