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Molto moderato from Arnold Bax sonata for Clarinet and Piano - Nigel Hinson
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Nigel started playing the clarinet aged 11, taught by his father Roy Hinson. At 17 he joined the Junior Royal Artillery Band at Woolwich, later going on to study at the Royal Military School Of Music Kneller Hall  where he was taught clarinet by Paul Harvey. After lessons with Alan Hacker he gained a scholarship audition at the Royal Academy Of Music London where he was taught by Georgina Dobree and Keith Puddy, where he won many prizes including the John Soloman Woodwind / Brass prize. Nigel also studied conducting with Colin Metters while at the Academy. He then gained a Master's Degree at Sheffield University in performance and composition under the supervision of Colin Lawson.


Nigel was invited to be a member of the Royal Society Of Musicians London in 1995 and in 2000, Nigel became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) which is awarded to former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession.Nigel was sponsored by Leblanc Clarinets and Vandoran reeds, touring regularly to promote the clarinet and its repertoire.    


Nigel continued to play as a soloist and to record for the Veloce Classics label with Keith Puddy (Clarinet) and Malcolm Martineau (Piano), incorporating much of the clarinet repertoire. Nigel has had many clarinet works written for him including many by Paul Harvey, Paul Harris ( Encore published by Queen's Temple Publications QT 134, 2012) as well as, Ballad In Memory Of Shirley Horn by Richard Rodney Bennett (Novello NOV955735).


He is also a partner with his wife Nadia in a successful private musical school ' The Hinson School Of Music' catering for Clarinet, Saxophone, theory, Violin, Piano and composition from beginners to professionals.

Nigel is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and as an adjudicator. He is also a regular soloist on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 and is listed in the International Who's Who of Music and Musicians.

He was inspired by the late Big Band Clarinettist Artie Shaw, and had a correspondence with him whilst at the Royal Academy. After his death in 2005 Nigel successfully acquired Artie Shaw's favourite Buffet clarinet that was hidden in his house, he used it for the later Gramercy Five recordings of 1953-54. 

Nigel currently owns and plays on Dame Thea King's buffet clarinets.





"The playing of all three artists is outstanding throughout, with many moments of high excitement contrasted with passages of beautiful sound flowing musically along."
     The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain on "The English Collection"

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Sonatina by Bohuslav Martinu - Nigel Hinson
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"Congratulations on your CD: I like Scaramouche especially."

      Philippe Cuper on "Morceaux for Clarinet"


Milhaud Scaramouche




Debussy Petite Piece

     4.Petite Piece

Penderecki Three Miniatures


     6.Andante cantabile

     7.Allegro ma non troppo

Hinson La Campanella di Povo

     8.La Campanella di Povo

Martinu Sonatina


John Hall Deux Esquisses

    10.Allant couramment, affable, un peux langoureux

    11.Facétieux, éveillé, léger

Templeton Pocket-Size Sonata No.2




Cahuzac Arlequin


Joseph Horovitz Sonatina

   16.3rd Movement

Duo Concertante by Milhaud - Nigel Hinson
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"Your performance of the Bax Clarinet sonata (a favourite composer for me, and one of the loveliest works) is beautiful. Thanks also for the French Collection CD which is enchanting - and congratulations on your part in the Poulenc."

    John MacCabe

The French Collection

Milhaud Duo Concertante

   1.Duo Concertante

Fauré Vocalise


Saint-Saens Sonata

   3.I Allegretto

   4.ii Allegro animato

   5.iii Lento

   6.iv Molto allegro

Debussy Premiere Rapsodie

   7.Premiere Rapsodie

Debussy Petite Piece

   8.Petite Piece

Poulenc Duo Sonata

   9.I Presto

   10.ii Andante

   11.iii Vif

Ravel Habanera


Pierné Canzonetta


Poulenc Sonata

   14.Allegro tristamente

   15.ii Romanza

   16.iii Allegro con fuoco

Messager Solo de Concours

   17.Solo de Concours

Vivace from Arnold Bax sonata for Clarinet and Piano - Nigel Hinson
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"The Finzi, Bax and Stanford in particular are standard repetoire which young players will be studying and I will certainly recommend this CD to my pupils as a model for the interpretation of these important works."

      Paul Harvey on "The English Collection"

The English Collection


Gerald Finzi Five Bagatelles

   1.Prelude - Allegro deciso

   2.Romance - Andante tranquillo

   3.Carol - Andantino semplice

   4.Forlana - Allegretto grazioso

   5.Fughetta - Allegro vivace

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford Sonata op. 129

   6.Prelude - Allegro deciso

   7.Coline - Adagio

   8.Allegretto grazioso

Richard Rodney Bennett Crosstalk

   9.Con grazia

  10.Con umore

  11.Con tristezza

  12.Con stancio

Nigel Hinson La Campanella di Povo


John McCabe Three Pieces

  14.Nocturne - Lento

  15.Improvisation - Con moto

  16.Fantasy - Lento

Sir Arnold Bax Sonata

  17.Molto Moderato


"I loved listening to your "English Collection". What an enterprising programme."

     Joseph Horovitz


To buy Nigels CD collection, contact Nigel directly or follow the link to purchase on Tutti classics:





9th March 2019
Nigel will be adjudicating a festival at The Rotary Club in Castle Donnington. More details are available at:

10th March 2019

Nigel will be performing at the Yamaha clarinet workshop at Bluecoat Academy.  
15th June 2019, 7.30pm
Nigel will be performing the Weber Clarinet Concertino with the Boots Orchestra Nottingham at St. John the Baptist Church in Carlton. More details are available on their website:

15th March 2020

Nigel will be adjudicating the woodwind at The Watford Festival of Music and Drama. More details are avaliable at:

February 2022

Nigel will be performing alongside the Veloce Ensemble at Grantham Music Club. Works include Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Weber Clarinet Quintet.

4th October 2023
The Hinsons (Nigel, Nadia and Sophie) at Grantham Music Club. Programme tbc.




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