Nigel Condry: 50 years at the console!
In the summer of 1970, a fresh-faced young organist called Nigel Condry was appointed as organist and choirmaster at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, London. 50 years later he has finally closed the stops and taken his feet off the pedals.
Nigel studied at Trinity College of Music, where his organ tutor was Dr Harry Gabb, and amongst other distinguished musicians he was taught composition by Herbert Howells. Through half a century of liturgical and musical change Nigel has provided a faithful service of music at St Mary’s with organ, choir, instrumentalists, children, adults, and various combinations thereof.
Nigel met his wife, Stella, through the St Mary’s choir, and their sons have taken up where he left off: David is Director of Music at All Saints’ Kingston-upon-Thames, and Peter is head of performing arts at a school in Yorkshire, and organist & choirmaster of St Margaret’s, Horsforth.
Nigel and Stella plan to move northwards to be near Peter, and Nigel will be available to deputise for any churches within striking distance of Leeds! They go with our love and best wishes, and the lasting gratitude of all at St Mary’s for Nigel’s unwavering loyalty and musicianship.