Born in Liverpool, Nicholas was a chorister at the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral before studying Modern Languages at Cambridge and voice at the RAM. He has since been in constant demand both in the UK and further afield in a wide range of concert, recital and opera engagements.
He has sung at many of the world’s great concert halls: the Sydney Opera House, Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Philharmonie and the Salzburg Festival.
Nicholas has particularly enjoyed prolonged collaborations with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and EBS, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen and Concerto Copenhagen, John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, Andrzej Kosendiak, Stephen Layton and Jordi Savall. He has also sung to critical acclaim with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, the OAE, the Brussels, Copenhagen, BBC, Wroclaw and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, Melbourne Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, the Britten Sinfonia. On the opera stage he has appeared at houses including Paris (Palais Garnier and Opéra Comique), Glyndebourne, Copenhagen’s Kongelige Teater, Lille, and the Grand Capitole in Toulouse.
Away from the Baroque, he has sung Tavener’s Requiem with BBCNOW, Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires with Mr McFall’s Chamber (for CD release in 2017), Berio Sinfonia with RLPO, Britten Les Illuminations with the Britten Sinfonia in China, Haydn Creation with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Britten’s Serenade with Orquesta del Principado de Asturias, Britten Nocturne and Mozart Requiem with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
A committed recitalist, he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall singing Schubert Lieder (also taken for BBC Radio 3) and the complete Britten Canticles on the occasion of the composer’s 100th birthday. He has sung Janacek’s Diary of One who Vanished for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, for the Philharmonia at the RFH and as part of the Aurora Janacek Festival, and given recitals at festivals in Maribor, Ludlow, Bath and Orkney, and continues to collaborate with regular partners John Reid, Joseph Middleton, Iain Burnside, Alisdair Hogarth and Eugene Asti.
He has recorded extensively, with credits including a Gramophone Award-winning Messiah and critical acclaim has followed for recordings of Acis and Galatea, Matthäus-Passion, Handel’s Esther and a recent Johannes-Passion where he sings both Evangelist and arias. Engagements for this season include guest-directing the Dunedin Consort in a programme of Monteverdi, concerts with BBC Philharmonic, Gabrieli Consort, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, at the BBC Proms and a return to Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.