Benjamin Nicholas - Conductor
Benjamin Nicholas is Director of Music of Merton College, Oxford and is well-known as a conductor. In November 2017 he made his debut with the BBC Singers, directing them in a recording for BBC Radio 3. He made his debut with the City of London Sinfonia in a programme of Fauré, Debussy and Ravel in 2016. 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. He has conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Elgar's The Apostles) and the Holst Singers (St John Smith Square Vaughan Williams Festival).

Benjamin Nicholas's work at Merton College has included the founding of the annual Passiontide Festival, the installation of the Dobson Organ and the creation of the College's new Girls' Choir, which sang for the first time in October 2016. He has conducted the College Choir in concerts in the USA, Italy, 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, St John's Smith Square and The Temple Church, London.

Benjamin 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 and conducted the first performance of a new work by Charlotte Bray with the City of London Sinfonia.

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 appeared with The Tallis Scholars, and 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.