... enjoys an international reputation as a performer, teacher and composer with homes both in Central England and Southern France.

As an improviser, he is universally acclaimed as the doyen of his generation.

He has been a Visiting Tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and for over 24 years has been teaching organists at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He also has been a Professor in Dresden, the St Petersburg Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also has founded the International Summer Organ Conservatoire in 1986 which is now held each year in France.

Furthermore, he is the Organ Adviser to the Diocese of Coventry.

 

Nigel has been a Jury Member of numerous international organ competitions, most notably the Concours in Haarlem (NL) and Montbrison (F) The Albert Schweitzer in Deventer (NL), the Boellmann in Strasbourg (F) and numerous times for the European Improvisation Concours in Belgium.


His solo international debuts were at Westminster Abbey (1984), The Royal Festival Hall (1987), Sacré Coeur (Paris) in 1988 and the Philharmonic Hall (St Petersburg) 1998.  On the death of Pierre Cochereau, the illustrious organist of Notre Dame in Paris, Nigel was invited to give the memorial concert in Westminster Abbey.

 

Nigel has often been commissioned to write articles, especially on Improvisation and French Baroque organ music. He produced two booklets (The Art of  Improvisation) for those self-learning the disicipline and at the behest of the late Ewald Kooiman he made two  CDs to complement them.

 

He greatly enjoys leading Organ Seminars and Masterclasses in his French village of Saint-Antoine l'Abbaye (Isère) where in the great Abbatiale, is one of the most wonderful 4 manual reconstructions of Bernard Aubertin in the 17th century Baroque style. Such residential courses he has given to the organ students of Aarhus Academy, Odense Academy, The Royal Academy, London and the organ scholars of Oxford University.


Furthermore, Nigel has made a large number of recordings on European organs which have received the highest recommendations in the world's press. He has broadcast also for the BBC.


In 2001 the premier of a major commission for the 75th anniversary of The Organ Club was given in St Paul’s Cathedral by John Scott.  He has been presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at St James’ Palace in recognition of his musical activities in the United Kingdom.