Joseph weston Nicholl was known as a violinist, organist, pianist, musician and composer. He studied under the Hungarian violinist and teacher, Joseph Joachim, in Berlin, with Josef Rheinberger in Munich, and with Alexandre Guilmant in Paris.
He was also involved in the brass band world. He was conductor of the West Riding Military Band [1908-1910] and of the Black Dike Mills Band [1910-1912].
He also composed and arranged music for the bands. His compositions included The Viking, a tone poem recorded by Black Dike Mills Band , a Festival Overture and a Commemorative Ode and March for the Jubilee of the opening of People's Park.
He also wrote an opera entitled Comala, an orchestral symphonic poem entitled In English Seas, and many other songs and pieces for the organ and piano.
The Black Dyke Band has an extensive catalogue of his arrangements which were made for them during his short time with the band. He died of tuberculosis in 1925.