Born in Liverpool, Nicholas was a chorister at the city's Metropolitan Cathedral and a Choral Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, where he read Modern Languages. He is now a member of the Royal Academy Opera programme, studying with Philip Doghan and Jonathan Papp.
In demand for concert, recital and operatic performances, recent appearances on the concert platform include Evangelist in Bach Johannes-Passion with the Hanover Band, and in Matthaus-Passion with the Dunedin Consort, Puccini Messa di Gloria, Mozart Requiem with the London Mozart Players, Rautavaara Vigilia with Stephen Layton, Handel Messiah in Hamburg and at Edinburgh's Usher Hall, Berlioz L'Enfance du Christ with CUCO, Charpentier Cantatas with Emanuelle Haim, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle in London and Edinburgh, Bach Magnificat with the CBSO, Janacek Otcenas in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, and Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 for the King's Consort.
Nicholas's recital repertoire is wide-ranging: Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings in Edinburgh and with Academy Strings at the Ashover Festival, Schumann Liederkreis Op. 39 and Op. 24, Finzi A Young Man's Exhortation, Dvorak Biblical Songs, Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge with the Badke Quartet, Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, and he has appeared as a soloist at festivals including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Prague, Aldeburgh, Vienna, Dartington, Kilkenny, Lanvellec, Innsbruck and Ambronnay.
Operatic roles include Mozart's Ferrando, Tamino, Belmonte, as well as Monostatos with Sir Colin Davis, the title role in Milhaud's Le Pauvre Matelot (BAC), and Poulenc's Chevalier de la Force (Les Dialogues des Carmelites) at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival (Poland)with Jan Latham-Koenig. Future plans include Count Belfiore in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera at the RAM, and Mozart Requiem in the 3 Choirs Festival. Nicholas is the winner of the 2005/6 NFMS Making Music Award, the recipient of the RAM's Gill Culpin Award and an MBF-administered Sybil Tutton Award and is grateful to the Josephine Baker Trust for its generous support of his studies.