Nigel Walsh

Church musician and composer

About me

Originally from West Yorkshire, I attended Bradford Grammar School and went on to read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, where I sang in my college chapel choir and was a violinist in the University Musical Society orchestra. I am married to Imogen, whom I first met in Cambridge; we live in Exeter and have three grown-up children and five grandchildren.

Most of my working life has been in hospital management and planning, and for many years I was Director of Planning at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Active all along as a church musician, in the late 1980s I co-founded Adoramus, a project that ran for more than two decades in the Diocese of Exeter promoting a contemplative style of music in worship, using particularly the music of the Taizé Community.

I have been involved with the Parish of Central Exeter for many years, as well as visiting many other churches with Adoramus. I have had a long association with St David’s Church, Exeter, and have served there as Director of Music since 2012. Most of my church music has been written for the choir and instrumental players at St David’s.

I have been privileged to have had a number of my choral pieces performed by the Exeter Chamber Choir, including most recently my 2018 Requiem. I am particularly indebted to the choir’s musical director, Andrew Daldorph, for his professional guidance, encouragement and friendship.

I have enjoyed a long collaboration and friendship with the Exeter-based poet Richard Skinner, who has provided the texts for many of my compositions. Our first joint venture was Bethlehem! – a Christmas musical for schools and communities, which we wrote in 2009. Other projects, including the collections In the Stillness, and Bread is broken followed soon after.