Nigel Paterson (musician)

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Nigel Paterson

Nigel Paul Paterson is a British musician.[1][2][3][4] Paterson began his career in the early 1960s, singing, playing the guitar, mandolin and tenor recorder[5] in the folk group The Halliard,[5][6][7][8][9] with Dave Moran and Nic Jones.

In 1971 Paterson graduated from Brentwood College of Education (Anglia Ruskin University) where he studied composition, harmony, counterpoint and orchestration with Harold Dexter and contemporary composers' working methods with Annea Lockwood. Paterson also studied classical guitar at Trinity College, London. After teaching for a few years, Paterson freelanced, playing the guitar,[10] arranging and composing for Chappell & Co., Boston Music (USA) and International Music Publications.[11] An original choral work Here is the News received its first performance at The Royal Albert Hall on 18 May 1972 performed by The Southend Schools Music Association Junior Choir. Paterson was invited to conduct at The Royal Albert Hall three times between 1990 and 2000.[12]

Paterson returned to education in 1984 and became Head of Music at Valentines High School, a post he held until his retirement in 2004. In retirement, he spends his time composing and arranging. Several of his guitar music arrangements have been featured regularly on French, Spanish and Mexican television.[13] Nigel Paterson is a member of the Musicians Union and PRS for Music.


  1. ^ Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exam results records
  2. ^ Paterson, Nigel (27 May 1971). "Guides go Old Fashioned". Argus.
  3. ^ Paterson, Nigel (3 July 1987). "Two Trophies for Safety Songsters". Guardian & Gazette Newspapers.
  4. ^ Madeley, Richard (10 December 2015). "The Teacher Who Taught Me Everything". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b 'The Halliard, Broadside Songs' book & CD pub. by Mollie Music 2005
  6. ^ "Classic Tradition Classic Revival". Dirty Linen. Vol. 129. 2007. pp. 73/74.
  7. ^ Hendry, Tony (2005). "The Halliard - Broadside Songs (CD and book)" (review). The Living Tradition. No. 68. p. 16.
  8. ^ Holland, Maggie (2005). "The Halliard Broadside Songs (review)". fRoots. Vol. 270. p. 77.
  9. ^ "Dirty Linen Classics". Dirty Linen. Vol. 122. 2006. p. 92.
  10. ^ featured guitarist on "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from the album 'Aspects of Andrew Lloyd Webber' (BBC Concert Orchestra), arranged & conducted by the late Ian Hughes & released in 1989 on BBC CD750
  11. ^ 'Fun Music for The Guitar'(1976), 'Fun Music for The Guitar 2'(1977), 'Classical Guitar Romance'(1977), 'Classical Guitar Sentimental'(1978), 'Classical Guitar Serenade'(1979), 'Tune a Day Series, Songs for Guitar'(1979), 'Instant Top-Line Guitar Bk.1'(1980), 'Licks 'N' Riffs'(1981), 'Three Chord Trick'(1981), 'Solo, Duo, Trio Guitar'(1983), 'Sophisticated Solos'(1984), 'Swing Together for Flute & Guitar(1986)
  12. ^ The Royal Albert Hall Archive
  13. ^ Warner Chappell royalty department

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