Chris Nickol is our superb organist and musical director and has been with us since 1993. Able to immediately respond musically to phrases, words and images heard in the service we have had everything from liturgical versions of Dr Who and Abba played as sensitively and appropriately as Bach and Mozart. This style of mixing popular culture with ancient tradition is one way of enabling people to see the sacred within what is often thought secular.
Christopher Nickol, BMus, FRCO, ARCM
Organist in New Kilpatrick
Christopher was born in Cambridge, and gained an organ scholarship to the college chapel of Royal Holloway College (University of London). Outwith the kirk he has a diverse career as a teacher, recitalist, conductor and accompanist. He has performed with many of Scotland's major choirs and orchestras, and plays frequently at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery. If you can, you really ought to go and hear him there performing an imaginative repertoire mixing contemporay pop culture pieces with the popular classics. He has given recitals throughout the UK and overseas, broadcast on BBC Radio and TV, and has recorded five CDs.
Along with the choir who leads worship each week with introit and anthem, Chris also directs NKChorus and the Music Group both of which lead different styles or worship at special times during the year.
NKChorus is a small group of singers who lead special music at the evening services for Advent and Passiontide.
The Music Group is a collection of young people on a variety of instruments from cello to saxophone who take part in our Light Festival and during the summer 9.30 service.
Every Sunday in worship the choir leads our singing through introit and anthem. We practise each Thursday evening and also on a Sunday morning. We are always open to new members to joing us and many do. We also lead three evening services during the year including a very special contemporary version of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas.
Last Sunday Choir
Not everyone is available to sing every week so we have a monthly choir which sings on the last Sunday of every month with a rehearsal that morning. It is quite a sound when you have 20-30 singers lifting the worship. You can pick up music the week beforehand and come along and rehearse on the last Sunday of each month at 9.45. review you and tell their friends how great you are.