Oxford Bach Choir appoints Benjamin Nicholas as principal conductor10:57, 6th February 2018
The Oxford Bach Choir has appointed Benjamin Nicholas, director of music at Merton College, Oxford as its principal conductor, commencing October 2018.
Nicholas has worked with the choir several times in the past, most recently in late 2017 when he rehearsed and conducted them in a performance of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Peter Gilliver, chair of the Oxford Bach Choir, praised Nicholas as ‘a fantastic musician, who brings both passion and expertise to the music he conducts’.
He continued: ‘The Choir already has first-hand experience of what an enormous pleasure he is to work with, and the marvellous music-making that he can produce with us.’
Nicholas has worked with numerous choirs and orchestras, including the City of London Sinfonia, BBC Singers, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, CBSO, The Trondheim Soloists and The Holst Singers in works such as Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Verdi’s Requiem, Holst’s Savitri and Berlioz’s Te Deum.
As director of music at Merton College, Oxford, he has conducted the choir on tour in the USA, Sweden, Italy and France, in world premieres of music by Birtwistle, Chilcott, Dove, Jackson, MacMillan, Tabakova and Weir, for broadcasts on the BBC, and for numerous recordings on the Delphian label.
Previous roles include festival director of the Edington Music Festival and director of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum.