Nigel Paul Paterson is a British musician. Paterson began his career in the early 1960s with the folk group The Halliard, with Dave Moran and Nic Jones.
In 1971 Paterson graduated from Brentwood College of Education where he studied composition, harmony, counterpoint and orchestration with Harold Dexter and contemporary composers' working methods with Annea Lockwood. Paterson also studied classical guitar at Trinity College, London. After teaching for a few years, Paterson went freelance, playing the guitar, arranging and composing for Chappell & Co., Boston Music (USA) and International Music Publications. An original choral work Here is the News received its first performance at The Royal Albert Hall on May 10, 1972 performed by The Southend Schools Music Association Junior Choir.
Paterson returned to education in 1984 and became Head of Music at Valentines High School, a post he held until his retirement in 2004. In retirement, Nigel spends his time composing and playing the guitar for the occasional recording session. Paterson is a member of The British Music Writers Council, the Musicians Union and PRS for Music.