Principal Conductor

Benjamin Nicholas

Benjamin Nicholas was appointed Principal Conductor of the Oxford Bach Choir in 2018.

As a conductor he has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Singers and The Holst Singers in works such as Elgar’s The Apostles, Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony, Holst’s Savitri and Verdi’s Requiem.

Benjamin is Director of Music at Merton College, Oxford. During his time at Merton, the annual Passiontide at Merton festival has been established, the Dobson Organ has been installed, and the College Girls’ Choir been founded. With the College Choir he has toured in the USA, East Asia, France, Italy and Sweden and embarked on a series of recordings on the Delphian label. He was elected a Bodley Fellow of Merton in 2018.

Benjamin has been involved in the commissioning of a great many works, and conducted the premieres of Charlotte Bray’s Bach Re-imagined in Southwark Cathedral with the City of London Sinfonia, Howard Goodall’s Veni Sancte Spiritus in Westminster Abbey and numerous choral works by Kerry Andrew, Birtwistle, Chilcott, Dove, Jackson, MacMillan, Martin, Muhly, Tabakova, Weir and Wilby in Tewkesbury and Oxford.

Benjamin was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral before being appointed Organ Scholar of Chichester Cathedral at the age of seventeen. He went on to hold organ scholarships at Lincoln College, Oxford and St Paul’s Cathedral before becoming Director of Music at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea in 2000. Prior to moving to Merton, he was Director of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum and Director of Choral Music at Dean Close School. From 2011-2016 he served the Edington Music Festival, firstly as conductor of the Schola and then as Festival Director.