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Mr John Leigh Nixon
Mr John Leigh Nixon


Having spent most of my professional life as a performer, over the past 15 years I have been developing my singing teaching practice. To this end I recently gained the CT ABRSM qualification in singing teaching, and continue to attend Professional Development courses.

A chorister of Westminster Abbey as a boy, I later won a Choral Scholarship to King's College, Cambridge, where I read Music. There followed 2 years of singing studies at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and then I began a full-time singing career, performing and recording with (amongst others) David Munrow's Early Music Consort, the Deller Consort, the John Alldis Choir and the Hilliard Ensemble, of which I was a member for 7 years. In 1984 I joined the medieval vocal consort Gothic Voices, which I now also manage. In 1985 I returned to Westminster Abbey as a Lay Vicar, where I remained until my retirement in summer 2013, having sung at the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Queen Mother, and at the Royal Weddings of Prince Andrew and, most recently, Prince William. Other musical work includes occasional conducting, organ playing and direction of workshops.

Most of my singing teaching takes place in my studio on the southern edge of Bideford. I teach pupils aged between 16 and 80 and of all abilities, from beginners to advanced. I am an organist rather than a pianist, but can accompany my pupils in most music brought to me. I am happy to do vocal coaching for those preparing for Exams or Choral Scholarships, or for those wishing to do extra work on music they are performing with their local choir.

If you would like to consider taking singing lessons, come for a consultation lesson - there is no obligation. Most of my pupils attend on weekdays for an hour every couple of weeks or so during school term times, but I am very happy to arrange a pattern of lessons that suits you.

For more information, please go to my personal website at

Please feel free to give me a call or email me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Contact John Leigh

EX39 5XU
Phone: 01237 424798
Mobile: 07759 654 339

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