Who the *%&# is Nigel Poole?

NigelPooleI was born at a very early age, somewhere around the middle of last century. Shortly afterwards, I began piano and organ lessons, which continued throughout my schooling. Far too lazy and irresponsible to complete tertiary music studies, I ran away to sea to play piano on cruise ships and later on tourist resorts.

In the mid-1990s, one Queensland tourist resort decided to replace me with a Yamaha DiskClavier which played by itself.

Seeing the writing on the wall, I realised it was time to complete some tertiary study in order to broaden my options. Signing up as an external student with UNE, I completed a BA in Musicology, German and Computer Science, moved to Canberra, found work in IT and did further studies in IT, completing a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science in 2007.

I no longer play music regularly in bars, having reawakened my interest in classical music, particularly church music, and composition.

I am now an assistant organist and chorister (and occasionally let loose as a relief choirmaster) at St John’s Church in Canberra. I’m also actively involved in the work of the Royal School of Church Music. In 2014 I was awarded a CertRCO from the Royal College of Organists.