David Nield (1941 – 2023)

The Choir of All Saints Kingston

A memorial service to David Nield was held on Sunday 15 October 2023 in All Saints Church and afterwards at the Rose Theatre. The video of the service is shown below. The order of service can be downloaded here and the transcript of the sermon by the Very Rev Dominic Barrington, Dean of York, can be downloaded here.

There is also a commemorative booklet on David’s life which can be downloaded here.

The immense contribution of David Nield to the community of All Saints church, and to the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, cannot be overstated. His twenty seven years’ service as Organist and Director of Music of the church brought new standards of music-making, including live BBC broadcasts of services on Christmas Day and Good Friday, inspiring generations of choristers and congregation members. He left a lasting legacy with the installation of the Frobenius organ in 1988, itself the subject of an hour-long BBC TV documentary. David held this position at All Saints alongside his ‘day job’ as Director of Music of Tiffin School. From 1965 to 2002, he dedicated his working life to the musical education of thousands of pupils: it is no exaggeration that he transformed lives.