Biography of Potts Nigel:
Born and educated in Wellington, New Zealand Nigel Potts was a boy chorister and later Organ Scholar of Wellington Cathedral, during which time he achieved his Diplomas from the Conservatorium of Music in Wellington and the Trinity College of Music, London. In 1992 he was awarded the Gillian Weir Waitangi Foundation Scholarship and moved to England to take up the Organ Scholarship at Blackburn Cathedral and later at Lichfield Cathedral, where he accompanied the Cathedral Choir both on a European tour and on a CD for Priory Records. Whilst living in London, he studied the organ with Jeremy Filsell and John Scott - the Organist and Director of Music of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. Nigel also studied Church Music at the Royal Academy of Music. As a freelance church musician in London, Nigel’s work included service playing at St. Paul’s Cathedral and accompanying the ‘Collegiate Singers’ for Evensong’s in Westminster Abbey and Southwark Cathedral. In May 2002, Nigel Potts graduated with a Master of Music Degree from the School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where he studied with Professor Thomas Murray. Whilst at Yale, Nigel was the Fellow in Church Music at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in New York City
As a Concert Organist, Nigel Potts has given over seventy recitals spanning four continents, performing in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, in major cities across the USA & Canada and in many major English Cathedrals (including regular appearances at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London). His recitals have been broadcast on Radio Stations in Australia, New Zealand and on the National Public Radio’s program Pipedreams. His debut CD Around the World in 80 Minutes recorded on the organ in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Wimbledon in London (Guild GMCD7165) features several organ compositions by the British composer Paul Spicer of which Nigel Potts is the dedicatee. Critics in England, the USA and Australia have favorably reviewed the recording…
‘…clearly inspires the richly talented Nigel Potts to great heights of achievement
in his compellingly splendid playing.’ (Organists’ Review, UK, May 2000).
‘…the Duruflé Scherzo played so lovingly.’ (The American Organist, Oct 2000).
‘The playing is excellent throughout as are the choices of registrations.
We hear sweeping crescendi, diminuendi and complex, juxtaposed,
orchestrally inspired registrations...’ (Sydney Organ Journal, Nov 2000).
As an exponent of the organ counter-reform movement and of English romantic music, Nigel has recorded a CD of transcriptions on the 1927 E.M. Skinner organ in the Masonic Temple in Detroit, which will be released by JAV Recordings in September 2003. During 2003, Nigel Potts will also be giving a series of recitals in San Francisco; New York City; Bay Shore, NY; Boston and Atlanta; entitled ‘Fanfares and Folk Tunes’~ Celebrating Percy Whitlock’s Centenary.
Nigel Potts is Organist and Director of Music at St. Peter’s by~the~Sea Episcopal Church in Bay Shore, New York. For further information or to contact Nigel Potts, please see www.nigelpotts.com