Born in Liverpool, Nicholas read Modern Languages at Cambridge and studied voice at London’s Royal Academy of Music. As a tenor, he has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Paris Opéra, and Boston Symphony Hall. He has sung Bach’s Evangelist, in both the John and Matthew Passions, with many of the leading conductors of the day, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Marc Minkowski, Richard Tognetti, Hans-Christoph Rademann and Laurence Cummings. He has been a frequent guest at Wigmore Hall, singing repertoire from Schubert to Stephen Hough, and from Purcell to Fauré. Nicholas has sung at opera houses including Glyndebourne, Paris’ Opéra Comique, Copenhagen, Toulouse. His discography encompasses music across seven centuries, including Handel’s Messiah and Acis and Galatea, Monteverdi Vespers, and Astor Piazzolla’s unique masterpiece María de Buenos Aires.
Alongside his singing career, over the last ten years Nicholas has developed his work as a director. He was Director of Chapel Music at Girton College, Cambridge (where he is now a Musician in Residence), and is Associate Director of the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, whom he has led in a wide repertoire, and his work as a guest conductor has taken him to the USA, Malta, Poland, and Spain. As a singer-director, he has performed Bach’s Passions, Purcell odes, Handel oratorios, and is devoted to the collaborative energy and artistic autonomy that this approach, at its best, brings. He has led Dunedin Consort in several programmes, and is delighted to be the group’s Associate Director, thereby extending a connection with the group that stretches back almost twenty years.