Nigel studied at the University of Sheffield and has taught music in Essex for over 30 years. He started teaching at Colchester’s Sixth Form College in 1987 and is now Head of Performing Arts. He is Musical Director of Colne Valley Youth Orchestra which he founded in 1981. He is a governor at the Gilberd School in Colchester, and is on the board of trustees for the Royal Academy of Dance. He is also known also for his compositions, including three symphonies, two concertos, as well as numerous chamber pieces. He was recently awarded the MBE for services to education.