Welcome to the Website of Nigel Potts
Based in New York City, Nigel Potts has become renowned worldwide as “a consummate musician who knows how to communicate the essence of [the] music” (The American Organist), and whose “playing is assured and stylish” (Organists' Review, UK). He has built a reputation for his expressive, colorful and tasteful performances, always communicating and placing the music at the forefront with “…warm, sympathetic playing” (Choir & Organ, UK).
Critics are consistent in their remarks about his unique “sense of expression which never cloys” (The Sydney Organ Journal, Australia); “broad command of tonal color” (The New Mexican, USA); “gift for extracting melody, highlighting the phrase and his exactitude in exploiting the vast palette of the tonal colour” (Organ News, New Zealand); and the way in which he uses the organs “extensive resources with imagination and taste”. (The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, USA).
Please browse this site to discover more about his performances, recordings, transcriptions and other aspects of his career. For all enquires please email: email@example.com
Wagner premièred at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City
In September 2014, Nigel premièred his transcription of Wagner’s 'Prelude to Act 'I of Tristan und Isolde at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, as seen here. Additional YouTube links can be found on the 'Audio' page.
NEW CD! 'WAGNER & ELGAR'
In October 2014, Nigel recorded his transcriptions of Wagner’s ‘Prelude to Act I’ of Tristan und Isolde, the Wesendonck Lieder, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and ‘The Angel’s Farewell’ from The Dream of Gerontius on the Schoenstein organ at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in New York, with Mezzo Soprano, Sarah Rose Taylor. The CD is due for release by MSR Classics in the spring of 2015.
From a Concert Presenter last month:
"We were thrilled with Nigel and Sarah. The way they worked together was seamless and the balance was perfect. Nigel’s registrations were exquisite and his technique is dazzling. The choice of Elgar’s Sea Pictures was brilliant - it is rarely heard. Sarah did a beautiful job of interpreting the piece, Nigel’s transcription captured all the colors in the orchestra in a breath taking way. The audience loved the enchanting evening these two wonderful musicians brought to us.” Margaret Lacy, Artistic Director of FASO (Friends Of Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1024), St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Amarillo, TX, October 2014.
From the Bahamas to Carnegie Hall; from Canada to King's College Chapel, Cambridge.
Last season, Nigel performed concerts across the USA and Canada, in addition to venues such as Christ Church Cathedral in the Bahamas and Carnegie Hall in New York City, where he accompanied Mezzo Soprano Sarah Rose Taylor.
Nigel also performed a solo recital at King's College Chapel in Cambridge, as pictured below.
For upcoming concerts, please see the 'Calendar' page for more information.
Music at Christ & Saint Stephen's, New York City
Nigel has been Organist & Choirmaster of Christ & Saint Stephen's Church since 2006. Click here for the Music at Christ & Saint Stephen's 2014-2015 Series brochure, which outlines the concert series and weekly choral music.
RACHMANINOV PIANO CONCERTOS ONE & TWO - for Piano & Organ!
Nigel Potts & Jeremy Filsell, pianist, offer a unique duo concert program featuring Rachmaninov’s ever popular Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor or Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor.
The concerts (with Nigel performing his orchestral reduction on the organ) also includes Nigel's own transcriptions of Rachmaninov's Vocalise. To watch a concert of them performaning Rachmaninov's Second Concerto, click here.
For upcoming Rachmaninov Concertos duo concert dates, please see the 'Calendar' page, or for more information or to enquire about hosting this rare concert program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 'Nigel Potts Transcription Series'!
Morning-Star Music Publishers launched the 'Nigel Potts Transcription Series' in 2013, with the release of Nigel’s transcriptions of Handel's Overture to ‘The Occasional Oratorio’, Rachmaninov's Vocalise. Since they have published transcriptions by Purcell, Bach, Mozart, Liszt and Delius. Please see the ‘Transcriptions’ page for more information or to order scores.