BENJAMIN NICHOLAS'S RECORDING OF ELGAR'S ORGAN WORKS WAS RELEASED ON 23 APRIL
The disc which includes the Organ Sonata Op.28 and Herbert Brewer's transcription of the Prelude to The Kingdom can be ordered from Amazon
"a lithe performance, full of beautifully shaped phrases. His imaginative brush strokes help to emphasise Elgar's strongly contrapuntal approach in this tightly organized and quasi-symphonic work."
May 2016 Gramophone
“A musical and
technical achievement ... captivating”
April 2016 Sunday Times
NEW CD FROM MERTON COLLEGE CHOIR AND BENJAMIN NICHOLAS RELEASED ON 18 MARCH
Viri Galilaei is a collection of favourite anthems, including music by Tallis, Byrd, Parry, Quilter, Harris, Gowers and Dove
"Benjamin Nicholas directs compelling performances of the more modern times on the disc, including Jonathan Dove's scintillating Te Deum and the title-work by Patrick Gowers...these perceptive performances lack nothing in their interpretive conviction. The Merton choir's singing is notable for its clarity. The polyphonic lines of Byrd's Diliges Dominum, the antiphonal effects of Harris's classic Faire is the heaven and even the dense textures of Parry's Blest pair of sirens have about them an almost glass-like transparency....this is a lovely collection of good music, well performed, beautifully sung and exquisitely recorded. Who could ask for anymore more?"
April 2016 Gramophone
"Benjamin Nicholas conducts with vigour and grace..." International Record Review
“Benjamin Nicholas draws from the Mass a scorching vitality...” The Scotsman
"Nicholas’s choir give proof yet again of the qualities that place them firmly in the front rank: flair, acumen, versatility and poise." Church Times