Nigel began his musical life as a chorister at Solihull Parish Church going on to study singing and piano at the Royal College of Music in London. He was a member of The Tallis Scholars, Westminster Abbey and Cathedral choirs and The King’s Consort before going on to concentrate on work as a soloist in Oratorio and Opera. He sang many roles in opera productions all over Europe and for ENO and Opera North in the UK.
Whilst touring the world with The King’s Singers, Nigel began to seriously consider the possibility of starting up a new choral group which would combine a larger force of singers with movement around the performance venue as well as considerations of lighting, ambience, time and space. It would not only mean that the singers were more physically involved in the performance but also that the audiences could become caught up in the experience.
Since the group’s formation in 2001, Nigel has continued the touring life with Tenebrae as they perform in many of the world’s most prestigious music festivals. Nigel has now conducted several of the world’s finest orchestras alongside Tenebrae both in concert and in recordings including the
London Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and in Baroque repertoire the English Concert. Nigel is married to the soprano Grace Davidson.