In 2003 He decided to move to Guildford to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music to study for a formal qualification in music.
In 2004 He received a Master Class from the great Thomas Lang, whilst studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music .
In 2005 He Graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music with a Higher National Diploma in contemporary music performance.
During this period Nigel Wilkinson studied with Mike Sturgis Credits include (Wishbone Ash, A-HA, Asia,) Pete Riley ( Kieth Emerson) and (Alun Harries)(Tori Amos,BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra).Nigel has learnt a great deal from each one of thease great players such as the basic elements as ‘Be on time, Be polite and know your stuff.’ the common sence things to get and keep a Gig.
During his time at the Academy he participated a great deal in music Production, live work (London Jazz Scene), and also learnt a great deal about the business side of the music industry. Nigel got to work with local bands auditioning for industry professionals, whilst also teaching.
In 2006-2007 He had the pleasure of assisting another drum teacher to develop a new Music school within the Yorkshire area.