Music Director: Nigel Weeks
Nigel Weeks originates from Wales where he began a career of conducting bands, orchestras and choirs that have won many top prizes in competitions. He studied conducting with Professor David King and holds an MA in Performance and a Diploma in Teaching.
In New Zealand, Nigel has continued his work as a strong supporter of youth achievement. As Director of the Music Faculty at Macleans College, Auckland, he developed a strong instrumental and choral programme, with the Orchestra, Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra all winning Gold Awards at the prestigious KBB Music Festival between 2010 and 2015.
Nigel has been a member of the New Zealand Opera Chorus, and started the New Zealand National Secondary Schools Brass Course and the New Zealand National Youth Brass Band Course in association with BBANZ. He has been an examiner in brass for the Australian Music Examining Board (AMEB) and is currently an examiner for the newly formed NZ Examining Board (NZMEB).
In 2014 Nigel was appointed as Music Director of the National Band of New Zealand, where the band travelled on a three-week tour of China and South Korea. In 2017 he was given a further contract as Music Director to rehearse and direct the band to represent New Zealand at the 2017 World Championships held in Holland. The whole tour was a huge success and the band were awarded second place at the World Championships.
Nigel is currently HOD Music at Nayland College, Nelson. In August 2018 he directed Nayland Boys’ Choir and Mixed Choir at the Victorian Music Festival, Australia, where they both gained Platinum Awards for outstanding performances. In 2019 he was the Regional Co-ordinator for the Nelson/ Marlborough Big Sing Secondary Schools Competition, a highly successful, national group-singing competition for secondary school students. Each year, close to 10,000 young people from over 250 schools take part in regional festivals nationwide, and the number continues to grow. Sotto Voce, a non-auditioned girls’ choir from Nayland College, won the Regional Big Sing New Zealand Composition category in 2019.
Since arriving in New Zealand, Nigel has been in high demand as a conductor. As well as being the Resident Music Director of the Nelson Civic Choir, he works with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, Nelson City Brass, and the Nelson Male Voice Choir.
In early December 2018 he was awarded the Kiwibank Local Hero Medal, which recognises a person whose selflessness and determination has made a difference in the community. In June 2019 he was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to music in New Zealand.