Some of the projects Nigel has been involved with as Principal Percussion, chairman or organiser:
DAY OF PERCUSSION
In May 2009, the whole of the front of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden was host to many hundreds of drummers and enthusiasts, ranging from top professionals to those taking their first tentative beats on a drum. Events included a highly mobile Samba Band, a Drum Circle, clinics and masterclasses from eminent international players and a concluding concert from the jazz percussion quartet All Bluff & Porterage.
The first visit of a British orchestra's Timpani & Percussion Sections to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, held in Austin, Texas. In a very well received presentation led by Nigel, the Royal Opera House Sections delved into the musical heritage of the theatre and the many challenges experienced within the repertoire, old and new.
A CURTAIN-CALL FOR AID
Following the December 2004 tsunami tragedy, the Staff and Artists of the Royal Opera House came together on Easter Sunday 2005 to produce an extraordinary evening that raised over £200,000 for Save The Children's disaster relief work. Members of the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera shared the stage with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in the pit, conducted by Music Directors Antonio Pappano and Barry Wordsworth with Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Edward Downes.
ROH STAFF CHARITY PROJECT
The spirit that brought Curtain-Call about developed into a permanent charity support group at the ROH which has raised over £150,000 for the various "good causes". Events and projects have included The World's Largest Coffee Morning, the running of the London Marathon and a disrobed calendar. Nigel founded the Project in 2006 and concluded his second stint as chairman in December 2019.