Music has played a major role in the life of Nicky, starting shortly after his sixth birthday, when he was invited to become a boy chorister in the Choir of Saint Columb’s Cathedral. Having started piano lessons a short time later, Nicky soon moved on to study the organ, and was very privileged in his teenage years to be awarded the Philip Mehaffey Memorial Organ Scholarship in the Cathedral, receiving organ tuition from Dr Ian Mills, the Cathedral Organist.
During secondary education at Foyle College, Nicky was a member of the School Choir, and the School Jazz Band, while, at the same time, he was able to diversify his choral interests when Donal Doherty, the Director of the award-winning Choir, Codetta, invited him to join its ranks. Nicky has gained much experience singing at major events in Derry, Belfast, Dublin, England, and Norway.
Nicky was successful in gaining the degree of Bachelor of Music (1st class) from the Ulster University in 2015, and two years later, that of Master of Music. He is heavily engaged in providing a peripatetic music service to Thornhill College, and Foyle College, through individual piano tuition, and lessons in music theory. Additionally, Nicky serves as accompanist for the choirs of both those colleges.
Nicky was invited to be guest accompanist on the organ of the Guildhall for a performance in May 2019 of the oratorio Messiah, by George Frederick Handel, by the Altnagelvin Hospital Choir. Nicky recently was successful in being awarded the Diploma of Associate of the Royal School of Music. (ARSM)
In addition to being Assistant Organist of Saint Columb’s Cathedral, Nicky has also deputised both as an organist, and as a singer, in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, which is the National Cathedral of The Church of Ireland.
Nicky recently was guest accompanist for The Priests, at a recent event in Derry-Londonderry.