Nigel was born in Belfast and educated at Methodist College Belfast and the Royal College of Music, London, where he was a prize-winning student, studying organ with Nicholas Danby and piano with Patricia Carroll. He held Organ Scholarships at Mill Hill School and St Albans Cathedral. Following graduation, Nigel was appointed Director of Music at St George's Parish Church Belfast, where he directed five successful recordings of the men and boys choir. In 1999, Nigel pursued further study at the Royal College of Music in the form of an MMus degree in Choral Conducting with Paul Spicer. He was appointed Director of Music at Croydon Parish Church in South London, a post he held for eight years, and taught at Whitgift School.
In January 2008, Nigel took up the new position of Director of Music at St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast, where he works with the Senior Voices Choir and established the Schola Cantorum. He is an experienced recitalist, having played recently at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, Westminster Abbey and Magdalen College Oxford. Future recitals include Trinity College Cambridge and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nigel is also Director of the boys course of the Charles Wood Summer School in Armagh, and has just been awarded an Honorary Fellowship (FFCM) of the Faculty of Church Music.