Every January, Classic FM asks the world to send them their three top classical music pieces. Once voting closes, they count and collate the votes, and broadcast the top 300 across the long Easter weekend.
Never out of the Hall of Fame since their respective releases, 2015's chart saw Nigel's acclaimed film score Ladies in Lavender rising 11 places from 2014's position to number 74, while his Piano Concerto came in at number 177 (up 5 places from 2014's chart). Ladies in Lavender also clocked in at number 11 in CFM's 2015 Movie Music Chart (up 2 places from 2014).
"Nigel Hess' main theme for this 2004 film starring Maggie Smith and Judi Dench is simple and beautiful. Performed by award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra, it is one of the most enduring film scores of recent years." (Classic FM)
"As modern piano concertos go, Nigel Hess' has to be one of the most revered. Originally commissioned by the Prince of Wales as a tribute to the memory of the Queen Mother, it has since been recorded by the likes of Lang Lang — testament to its status as a performers' concerto." (Classic FM)