Glyndebourne appoints Nicholas Jenkins as chorus master11:07, 7th June 2017
Nicholas Jenkins will assume the role of chorus master at Glyndebourne on 4 September 2017.
He succeeds Jeremy Bines, who will be taking up a new role as chorus master for Berlin’s Deutsche Oper at the end of this summer’s Festival.
A trained singer, Jenkins’ previous positions include chorus master of the Chœur des Musiciens du Louvre and interim chorus master to Dutch National Opera.
He has trained choirs and choruses including Chœur du Châtelet, ENO Chorus, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Grange Park Opera Chorus, Opera Holland Park Chorus, Netherlands Radio Choir, and the Philharmonia Chorus, and has conducted performances at La Monnaie, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Toulon, Opéra de Dijon and Paris Opéra-Comique, as well as numerous productions for New Sussex Opera and Blackheath Halls Opera.
Describing himself as ‘thrilled’, he said: ‘I am committed to the Chorus attaining the highest musical standards whilst participating fully in interesting and challenging stagings. I look forward to us working closely together to take further the concept of what it is to be an opera chorus in the 21st century.’
Sebastian F. Schwarz, general director of Glyndebourne, described Jenkins as ‘one of the UK’s most impressive and internationally experienced choral conductors.’