Nigel Potts, Organist & Choirmaster
Organist & Choirmaster
The Anglican Church music tradition has been an important and enduring part of Nigel Potts’ life. He has held Cathedral and Church positions in New Zealand, England and the USA, having accompanied and conducted choirs from daily Choral Evensongs to radio broadcasts, and from tours to recordings.
Born into a musical family from English grandparents, (his grandmother having studied with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music in London), Nigel’s church music career began as an eight year old chorister at Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul in New Zealand. During his undergraduate years, he returned to Wellington Cathedral as the Organ Scholar, where he accompanied the Cathedral Choir for three weekly choral services, as well as broadcasts and tours.
In 1992, Nigel Potts moved to England accepting the Organ Scholarship of Blackburn Cathedral at the invitation of the late David Cooper. The following year, Andrew Lumsden appointed him Organ Scholar of Lichfield Cathedral, where he shared the accompanying of the choir for daily Evensong's, a CD for Priory Records and a tour to France and Germany.
Before moving to the United States in 2000, Nigel Potts lived and worked in London as a freelance organist, where he studied organ with Jeremy Filsell and John Scott. There he accompanied the Collegiate Singers for Evensongs in Westminster Abbey and Southwark Cathedral, and accompanied the Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral (Vicars Choral), in addition to playing for services in various other churches. Whilst in London, he also performed approximately 25 half-hour pre-Evensong prelude recitals at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
In 2002, he graduated from Yale University & The Institute of Sacred Music with Master of Music degree having studied with Prof. Thomas Murray.
After being the Organist & Director of Music of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bay Shore, New York, Nigel Potts was appointed Organist & Choirmaster of Christ & Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in 2006, where (with Paul Jacobs, Artist in Residence) he oversaw the installation of the new Schoenstein & Co. organ in 2008. At Christ & Saint Stephen’s, he conducts the eight voice professional choir for weekly services, monthly Choral Evensongs and other special services, with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance period through to the present day. He also directs the concert series 'Music at Christ & Saint Stephen’s' which hosts nationally and internationally acclaimed concert artists.
He has also commissioned choral music for his choirs from prominent British and American composers, including The Christ & Saint Stephen’s Mass by Robert Lehman, and the anthem Rejoice in the Lord, always by Bruce Neswick, and is a National Examiner for the Royal School of Church Music, America.
As a Concert Organist, Nigel has performed extensively through out the USA and England, as well as in France, Austria, Iceland, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. An exponent of orchestral transcriptions and a respected champion of 19th & 20th century British organ music, Nigel's CDs and recitals have been reviewed favorably by critics around the world. This season, Nigel returns to England to perform an organ recital at the famous King's College Chapel, Cambridge.
For further information about all aspects of Nigel's career, please see: www.nigelpotts.com