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Nigel Holton

Composer

Composer Nigel Holton died Oct. 26 in an accidental ocean drowning while visiting relatives in New Zealand. He was 54.

Nominated for an IFP Spirit award in 1992 for “Kiss Me a Killer,” he scored more than 30 feature films, 40 documentaries and numerous short films, and released two albums as a contemporary instrumental artist.  His feature scoring credits included “Carnosaur,” “Twogether,” “Quake” and “Only the Strong.”

He composed music for the Turner Classic Movies series on silent film stars, including portraits of Marion Davies, Howard Hughes and Clara Bow. 

Born in Canterbury, England, he was best known for his orchestral film scores that blended western classical composition with the music of indigenous cultures around the world.

He is survived by his partner Katherine Mastellos, a son, his parents, a sister and a brother.

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