Nigel spent eleven years as a counter tenor and bass chorister at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland, New Zealand under the direction of Anthony Jennings, it was here that he developed an interest in composing organ and choral music. After graduating from the University of Auckland with a Master’s Degree in composition he began a career as a music teacher. At the forefront of music education in New Zealand for over 30 years he taught at a number of leading schools. He recently spent six years in the UK and three years as Director of Music at Mill Hill School in North West London.
Nigel served as musical director of the Bach Choir of Wellington for seven years directing over twenty-five concerts with an emphasis on the larger works of J.S. Bach. He forged a relationship with members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra which lead to the formation of the Chiesa Ensemble. His last concert with the Bach Choir, before he moved to the UK, was a complete performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor.
Nigel has composed a number of organ works including a commissioned work published by MorningStar Music. (Marilyn Mason Music Library volume 7). In 2013 Nigel was commissioned by the First Baptist Church of America (Rhode Island) to compose a festive hymn ‘Kingsfold’ for mixed choir, organ and strings. Recent NZ commissions include Festive Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis to mark the centenary of St Peter’s Cathedral Hamilton. Letters from our Boys’ a cantata for mixed voice choir and instruments with texts taken from diary entries and letters of NZ WW1 soldiers was commissioned and performed by the Tauranga Civic Choir in 2016.