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Nicholas Paul Simpson was born and raised in Luton, in the United Kingdom, and started learning piano from his father at the age of 3. Four years later, he wrote his first composition and, a short while after, was awarded a scholarship to the world-famous Royal Academy of Music, to study composition and piano. Further study included degrees at London and York universities, where he won numerous prizes and awards for composition, piano and conducting.

Due to this background, Nick was retained to provide scores for numerous independent short films, and later began an association with the BBC and ITV. This led to many orchestration engagements for both television and radio, including trails for the Proms and other concert series', and incidental music for the successful TV series Where the Heart Is. In 1997, Nick was asked to orchestrate what was to become the Christmas No. 1 chart hit, Perfect Day, written by Lou Reed and performed by a stellar range of artists including Tom Jones, Elton John, David Bowie, Tammy Wynette, Courtney Pine and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Since then, Nick has had his compositions performed at the Barbican Hall, and has also continued to write scores for numerous independent short films, including I, Rasputin, The Seller and Strange Digs. He uses both sample-based and live professional ensembles, and has received rave reviews for this work. He has also recently composed tracks for two orchestral production libraries for Sky TV, and recently completed scoring on the exciting, new PBS / Channel 5 documentary How Sherlock Changed The World.