Nigel Stark

Nigel comes originally from Chester where he studied piano and later organ with Roger Fisher at Chester Cathedral. He was formerly Director of Music at St. Michael’s Church Bishop’s Stortford, conductor of the Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society, musical director of the Harlow Opera Company and founder and director of ‘Serenata’, a small professional vocal ensemble.

Before moving to the West Midlands in April 2002 to take up the post of Director of Music at St. Alphege Church, Solihull, Nigel was Director of Music at the Church of St. Mary Portsea and head of St. Mary’s Music Foundation. The Music Foundation was formed in 1992 to provide musical opportunities and education for children from the local ‘Urban Priority Area’. Nigel was also accompanist and assistant conductor of the Portsmouth Festival Choir and Portsmouth Choral Union under Jonathan Willcocks and featured as a soloist in many of their concerts.

St. Alphege Parish Church has a long history of choral music with a choir of men and boys who perform a cathedral style repertoire and now separate girls’ and ladies’ choirs too. The choir has toured extensively, both here and abroad. Before leaving Solihull in the summer of 2012, Nigel directed the music at a service in Canterbury Cathedral in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury to mark the millennium of the martyrdom of St. Alphege.

As a pianist, Nigel has specialised in accompanying solo singers and instrumentalists and has appeared many times locally and nationally. He has given many solo organ recitals in London and major churches and cathedrals here and abroad.

Nigel has been conductor of the Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir since 2005 and has recently taken up a similar role with Grantham Choral Society

Appointed to the post of Director of Music at St. Martin’s and St. Mary’s Stamford in August 2012, Nigel is now resident in Oakham, Rutland.

His company, Hauptwerk Systems UK supplies virtual pipe organs to churches, halls and homes. This allows one to play real instruments from around the world with breathtaking authenticity.

In addition to his work as a choral director and organist, Nigel plays trombone with  the Rutland Big Band. An Associate of the Royal College of Organists and holder of the Diploma in Choral Directing, Nigel holds the degree of MA (distinction) in Organ Historiography from Reading University. He is a former council member of the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS) and an Inspector for the Historic Organs Certificate Scheme (HOCS).

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