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.
PASIC The first visit of a British orchestra's timpani and percussion section to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, held in Austin, Texas. In a very well received presentation led by Nigel, the ROH Section delved into the musical heritage of the ROH and the many challenges experienced in the repertoire.
A Curtain-Call for Aid Following the December 2004 tsunami, the Staff and Artists of the Royal Opera House came together on Easter Sunday 2005 to produce an extraordinary evening that raised over A$500,000 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, 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 rasied over A$100,000 in two years for the chosen "good cause", Macmillan Cancer Support. Events and projects included The World's Largest Coffee Morning, the running of the London Marathon and a disrobed 2010 calendar.
Percussion Section Database [coming soon] A resource for fellow percussionists : a PDF listing of the line-ups needed for the huge and varied repertoire that Nigel has encountered over thirty years.
Memorial Concerts [coming soon] Sadly, over the years, distinguished colleagues and friends leave us for the great opera house in the sky. Their memorial concerts at Covent Garden pay testimony to the great respect in which they were held.