May 9, 2018

Obituary: Nigel Werry NZ

It is with sadness we learn that Nigel Werry of Wellington NZ has passed away early May 2018. He served as NZ Secretary for RSCM for numerous years during the 20th Century.

He will be remembered by many senior members as the brilliant organiser of annual Summer Choir Schools. He was also custodian of the RSCM Library at his Khandallah home until it’s move firstly to St Mark’s and then to its current home in the crypt of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.

Revd. Alison Pitts, current National Secretary, RSCMNZ, recalls her first Choir School, January 1987, and expects some with longer memories will remember it and earlier ones. It was in Napier with Barry Ferguson as director.

“Nigel was an extremely good organiser and stood for no nonsense. He was also an accomplished organist and choir director. He taught us well, specially about choir behaviour, and processing was one of his “things”. At the 1994 Nelson Choir School, his last before retiring, he had us all processing up the street from the Girls’ College where we were based. Strictly in line with no wiggles or bulges, and always at an arm’s length between you and the one in front.”

Dave Brookes, now of the Waikato Branch, recalls Nigel had the task of organising the annual RSCM Summer Schools in NZ. This entailed traveling all over NZ, and liaising with Branch Chairpersons in the task of finding suitable venues, including accommodation.
“I have fond memories of Nigel, and his excellent organisational skills. I witnessed them in three Summer Schools I attended. These were in Lower Hutt Wellington 1965, Sacred Heart College, Auckland, and Hamilton 1983. It was always a great pleasure to meet him in these Summer Schools, and share choral music with him in the Summer School choirs.
May he rest in peace.”

John Wardle. was Director and Jessica Wilson worked with Nigel in preparation for taking over the reins for the next phase.

Nigel will be fondly remembered. RIP.