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Benjamin Nicholas


Benjamin Nicholas is Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music at Merton College, Oxford. As a conductor he has appeared with the City of London Sinfonia, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, The Trondheim Soloists and The Holst Singers in works such as Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Holst’s Savitri and Duruflé’s Requiem. His most recent organ recording of Elgar’s organ works, was described by The Sunday Times as ‘a musical achievement…captivating’.

With Merton College Choir, Benjamin Nicholas has toured to France, Italy, Sweden and the USA, and directed the choir in world premieres of music by Birtwistle, Chilcott, Dove, Jackson, MacMillan, Tabakova and Weir. His recordings for Delphian have included albums of Weelkes, Mozart, Rutter and Stanford and his first disc with Merton College Choir was a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’. He was heavily involved in the design and installation of the new Dobson Organ at Merton, and directs the annual Passiontide at Merton festival, in which he has directed performances of the Bach’s Passions and Mass in B minor.

Engagements this season include conducting the Holst Singers in the opening concert of the St John’s Smith Square Vaughan Williams and Friends festival, conducting the Savitri Singers in the Cheltenham Music Festival, playing an organ concert in the IAO Festival, and appearing with The Tallis Scholars in the Bath Bach Festival.

Benjamin was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral before holding organ scholarships at Chichester Cathedral, Lincoln College, Oxford and St Paul’s Cathedral. At the age of twenty-three he became Director of the choir of men and boys at Tewkesbury Abbey where he remained until 2012. From 2011-2016 he served the Edington Music Festival, firstly as conductor of the Schola and then as Festival Director.