Nigel Short – Former Director of Music at the Priory Church

Nigel Short Nigel began his musical training as a chorister in the choir of Solihull Parish Church. From there he went on to study piano, composition and singing at the Royal College of Music. At the age of 19, Nigel became the youngest ever appointed lay clerk to the choir of Westminster Abbey. He followed his time there with 5 years as a member of the choir of Westminster Cathedral and also the Tallis Scholars. He sang as a soloist in many opera houses throughout Europe and at the Coliseum for ENO in London. Nigel then joined the renowned vocal group The King's Singers and stayed with them for 7 years.

After his time with The King's Singers, Nigel decided to take some 'time out' and spent two years running a ski Chalet in the Swiss village of Villars-sur-Ollon. Whilst there he met various people connected with the world of Formula One and it was with their help in 2001 that he co-founded the chamber choir Tenebrae with Barbara Pollock. The very first Tenebrae concert was given at St Bartholomew the Great, so his fondness for the church was established many years before he arrived as Director of Music in 2009. With Tenebrae, Nigel has conducted some of the world's finest orchestras both in concert and in recordings, such as the LSO, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the RPO, the English Concert in baroque repertoire and, most recently, the English Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, Nigel and Tenebrae were nominated winners in the Choral category of the BBC Music Magazine Awards. In 2014, Nigel launched his own record label Bene Arte which has received outstanding reviews for its first two releases; Russian Treasures and Mediaeval Chant.

As well as ongoing concert and recording work, Nigel spends an increasing amount of time giving choral workshops and master classes, and has recently been at University College, Dublin, The City of London Boys School, Repton School, and The King's School, Canterbury, working with their various choirs.

Nigel became Director of Music at the Priory Church in April 2009, continuing until 31st May 2015. The end of his tenure coincided with the dissolution of the Parishes of St Bartholomew the Great and St Bartholomew the Less. They were replaced on 1st June 2015 by the Parish of Great St Bartholomew. Nigel was, therefore, the last Director of Music at the Parish of St Bartholomew the Great.