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Benjamin Nicholas

Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music, Stipendiary Lecturer in Music

Ben has conducted the College Choir on tours to the USA and France, on BBC Radio 3 and on recordings for Delphian. From 2000 until 2012 he directed the choir of men and boys at Tewkesbury Abbey and was largely responsible for the founding of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum when the Abbey School closed in 2006. He led the choir on thirteen overseas tours and made a series of recordings on Delphian. Benjamin Nicholas was Director of Choral Music at Dean Close School from 2005 until 2012. In 2011 he succeeded Andrew Carwood as Director of the Schola Cantorum at the Edington Festival of Music and in 2013 became Festival Director.

Benjamin Nicholas has conducted much of the large-scale choral repertoire including Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony, Verdi Requiem and Berlioz Te Deum. Recent concerts include Holst Savitri with Sarah Connolly and the Trondheim Soloists in the Cheltenham Music Festival and Bach Mass in B minor in Cheltenham Town Hall. Benjamin Nicholas has commissioned numerous composers including Chilcott, Dubra, Goodall, Ives, Jackson, Skempton and Wilby.

Benjamin was a chorister in the Choir of Norwich Cathedral before holding organ scholarships at Lincoln College, Oxford and St Paul's Cathedral. As an undergraduate he was Conductor of The Oxford Chamber Choir, and in 2000 held the post of Director of Music of St Luke's Church, Chelsea.

Photo: © John Cairns -
Mr Benjamin Nicholas