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Biography

Nigel at the Mill Hill School organ
During my student days I was a chorister at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland. In my eleven years in the choir I developed an interest in composing organ and choral music. After graduating from the University of Auckland with a Master's Degree in composition I began a career as a music teacher. I was
 at the forefront of music education in New Zealand for almost 30 years having taught variously at Westlake Girls High School, St Paul's Collegiate School, Scots College, and Marsden School for Girls. I retired recently from the position of Director of Music at Mill Hill School in London (UK). This photo shows me playing the fine Mill Hill School Mander organ. Currently I am musical director of the Tauranga Civic Choir for whom I am composing a large scale cantata style work for performance in 2019.

I have always maintained an active life as a musician and composer in the community. In Hamilton NZ I established a regional orchestra and jazz band festival for schools. Taking advantage of St Paul's Collegiate new Letourneau organ I established an international organ festival to further promote the playing of the organ in New Zealand. I was Director of Music at Hamilton's St Peter's Cathedral for several years and established choral scholarships to ensure a quality of choral singing at the Cathedral and establish an enduring link with Hamilton's Waikato University's Music Department

In Wellington NZ I served as chair of the Wellington regional committee of the New Zealand Choral Federation. During my seven years as musical director of the Bach Choir of Wellington I enjoyed the opportunity of directing over twenty five concerts with an emphasis on the larger scale works of J.S. Bach. I was fortunate to forge a relationship with members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra which lead to the formation of the Chiesa Ensemble. My last concert with the Bach Choir was a complete performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor. 

I hope you enjoy browsing this site, and in particular the choral and organ music on display. If I can assist you by providing music for a particular occasion, I look forward to hearing from you. I have around fifty choral and organ pieces available for download on SMP
 

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