Benjamin Nicholas - Conductor
Benjamin Nicholas is Director of Music of Merton College, Oxford and is well-known as a conductor. He made his debut with the City of London Sinfonia in a programme of Fauré, Debussy and Ravel in April of this year. In that same month his recording of Elgar's Organ Sonata was released on the Delphian label and he also directed Merton College Choir in concerts in the USA. His recent work has been with the Holst Singers who he will conduct in a concert celebrating Vaughan Williams at St John's Smith Square, London in October.

Benjamin Nicholas's work at Merton College has included the founding of the annual Passiontide Festival, the installation of the new Dobson Organ and the creation of the College's new Girls' Choir, which will sing for the first time in October 2016. He has conducted the College Choir in concerts in the USA, Sweden and France, on BBC Radio 3 & 4 and BBC TV, and on recordings for Delphian, the first of which was a Gramophone Editor's Choice. Recent concerts include appearances at the Cadogan Hall and St John's Smith Square, London.

Benjamin has recently worked with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Oxford Baroque, The Trondheim Soloists and numerous other groups in the performance of many of the large-scale choral works including Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony and Verdi's Requiem. He has appeared in the Cheltenham Music Festival in a rare performance of Holst's Savitri with Sarah Connolly, and conducted Merton College Choir in four premieres in a concert in Gloucester Cathedral in the 2014 Cheltenham Festival. Benjamin has premiered choral works from many of the leading composers including Birtwistle, Dove, Jackson, MacMillan, Martin and Weir. 

Benjamin was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and has held organ scholarships at Chichester Cathedral, Lincoln College, Oxford and St Paul's Cathedral. He worked at Tewkesbury Abbey from 2000 until 2012, and was partly responsible for the founding of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum in 2006. As an organist he has played in the Southern Cathedrals' Festival and the St Endellion Festival and has broadcast live on BBC 1 as well as on BBC Radio 3. He has recently given concerts in Westminster Abbey, York Minster and St Paul's, Westminster, Norwich, Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford Cathedrals.