Principal Conductor

Benjamin Nicholas

The choir has worked with Ben many times in the past, most recently last Autumn when he conducted us in A Sea Symphony and Blest Pair of Sirens, joined by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Benjamin Nicholas has worked with numerous choirs and orchestras, most recently conducting the City of London Sinfonia, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, The Trondheim Soloists and The Holst Singers in works such as Elgar’s the Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Holst’s Savitri and Duruflé’s Requiem. This season he makes his debuts with the CBSO and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

As Director of Music of Merton College, Oxford, Ben’s work with the choir has been acclaimed through recordings on the Delphian label and broadcasts on the BBC, the most recent of which was a broadcast on Radio 3 from St Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican. He has directed the choir on tour in the USA, Sweden, Italy and France, and in world premieres of music by Birtwistle, Chilcott, Dove, Jackson, MacMillan, Tabakova and Weir. In earlier years Ben was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral before holding organ scholarships at Chichester Cathedral, Lincoln College, Oxford and St Paul’s Cathedral. At the age of twenty-three he became Director of the choir of men and boys at Tewkesbury Abbey where he remained until 2012. From 2011 -2016 he served the Edington Music Festival, firstly as conductor of the Schola and then as Festival Director.

As an organist, he has appeared with The Tallis Scholars, and his most recent recording, of Elgar’s organ works, was described by The Sunday Times as “a musical achievement…captivating”.