Benjamin Nicholas, Former Director of Schola Cantorum

Benjamin Nicholas

Benjamin Nicholas was the Director of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum from 2006 to 2012, when he left to become Organist and Director of Music at Merton College, Oxford.

A chorister in the Choir of Norwich Cathedral, Benjamin held the organ scholarship at Chichester Cathedral before becoming Organ Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read for a degree in music. During this time he directed the first performance of John Caldwell’s opera Good Friday, and was Conductor of The Oxford Chamber Choir. In 1998 he moved to St Paul’s Cathedral as Organ Scholar and from February 2000 was also Director of Music at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea.

In September 2000 Benjamin Nicholas was appointed Director of The Abbey School Choir, Tewkesbury. He led the choir on six foreign tours and undertook recordings for Guild, Priory, Regent and Signum, and broadcasts for the BBC. When the Governors of The Abbey School announced that the school was to close in July 2006, Benjamin Nicholas played a leading role in re-establishing the choir at Dean Close Preparatory School. Reformed as Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum of Dean Close Preparatory School, the choir has enjoyed a period of prosperity. In addition to six foreign tours since 2006, the choir has embarked on a series of recordings for Delphian.

Benjamin Nicholas has worked with numerous other choirs, including the Reading Bach Choir, Rodolfus Choir, Yateley Choral Society and five years as conductor of both Stroud Choral Society and Monmouth Choral Society. Recent performances have included Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symhony and Verdi’s Requiem.

Tewkesbury Abbey

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Dean Close Preparatory School

The choristers are all educated at Dean Close Preparatory School in Cheltenham.

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