September 2023

Chorister (51) who performed for the pope sent sexual messages to boy

A musician and chorister who once performed at a special audience for the pope has confessed to being a paedophile after he was caught sending sexually explcit messages to a young boy

Nigel McClintock has been convicted of sexual communications with a child.

The 51-year-old acclaimed organist and conductor, from Albert Road, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim will be sentenced at a later date

McClintock featured in a special BBC documentary entitled Choirboys which tasked him with building a world-class choir from scratch to perform at St Peter’s Cathedral on the Falls Road in an attempt to improve the dwindling congregation.

As musical director he also took the choir to Rome to perform in front of Pope Benedict XVI inside the Vatican in 2010.