David Nield, Director of Music and Tiffin teacher from 1965-2002, sadly passed away in July. He had such a huge influence over so many Tiffin students’ lives, that he will always be fondly remembered by the Tiffin community. His life and reach extended far beyond Tiffin though: he was also Organist and Director of Music at Kingston Parish Church from 1967-1994, and was one of the founders of the National Youth Music Theatre, responsible for so many of today’s talented crop of actors and performers. As a composer, his works were performed worldwide (including at Sadler’s Wells Theatre) and broadcast on BBC1, BBC2, Radio 3 and ITV.
In commemoration of his extraordinary life, a special Memorial Day was held in Kingston on Sunday 15th October. This began with a memorial service in Kingston Parish Church where a number of David’s pieces were performed by the choirs of Tiffin School and the church. A reception at the Rose Theatre in Kingston followed the service and concluded with an hour-long concert including performances by the Tiffin Boys’ Choir and special guests. In attendance was HRH Prince Edward, Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as President of the National Youth Music Theatre.
The day was a wonderful celebration of David’s life and a reminder of the impact he had on so many.