30 Nov Nigel Weeks to lead Nayland College Performing Arts Faculty from 2016

Nigel Weeks.jpgNayland College is pleased to announce the appointment of Nigel Weeks to lead the Performing Arts Faculty at the school, as of January 2016.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Nigel holds a Masters degree in Conducting from the University of Salford. Currently based in Auckland, he runs the Howick School of Music, the largest out-of-hours music school in the country. Nigel has previously held positions as Director of the Arts Faculty at Manurewa High School, Director of Music at King’s College and is currently Head of Music at Macleans College.

Under his leadership the Macleans College music programme has attained excellent academic results in NCEA and Cambridge International Examinations, including top CIE scholar worldwide and an outstanding NCEA scholarship, in 2014.Earlier this year Nigel’s Macleans Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra both achieved gold awards in Auckland’s KBB music festival. The Macleans College Choir were also finalists in the ‘Big Sing’ competition held in Wellington.

Nayland College Principal Daniel Wilson recognises Nigel as one of the top musicians, conductors and educators in the country. “The appointment is fantastic news, not only for Nayland College but the whole of the Nelson/Tasman region,” he explains. “I am looking forward to working alongside him to ensure Nayland College remains at the forefront of performing arts in the region.” As part of his role at Nayland College Nigel will lead the newly established Nayland Music Trust, with the aim of building instrumental programmes across contributing schools, ultimately assisting music organisations throughout the region.

Although he will retain his current directorship of the New Zealand National Brass Band and the Dalewool Auckland Brass Band, Nigel will also take up a position as Musical Director at Nelson City Brass. Wayne Jennens of Nelson City Brass welcomes the appointment of Mr Weeks. “We look forward to a new era under Nigel’s direction,” he says.

For Nigel, the decision to move to Nayland College and Nelson was incredibly easy to make.  “Nayland College is a school clearly on the way up. It has great leadership who are extremely supportive of the arts and have an exciting vision for the future. I am also looking forward to working with the talented musicians at Nelson City Brass and other community organisations.”

Nigel Weeks will take up this position at the beginning of the 2016 school year.