began his studies at four years of age and attended the Royal College of
Music. His teachers included
Rodney Friend, Itzhak Rashkovsky,
and Ruggiero Ricci.
He debuted as
a soloist with the “Romanze” of Antonin Dvorak on Radio 3, accompanied by the York
He joined the
London Symphony Orchestra in 2003.
Other groups with whom he has worked include the BBC Concert
Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Oman Symphony, the Ulster Orchestra, and
the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
May 2007, the LSO were joined by Angela Gheorghiu
in a concert of opera highlights that included Georges Bizet’s “Habanera”
from Carmen, George Frideric Handel’s “Lascia
Pietro Mascagni’s “Intermezzo”
from Cavalleria rusticana,
and Giacomo Puccini’s “Un bel di vedremo”
from Madama Butterfly.
Nicholas and French
horn player Angela Barnes and pianist Martin Roscoe gave a recital of
Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Violin Sonata in F” (“Spring”),
Johannes Brahms’ “Horn Trio” and Paul Dukas’s
“Villanelle” on 7th July 2008.
February 2009, he reunited with the York Guildhall Orchestra in a
performance of Ernest Bloch’s “Baal Shem”, Albert Ketelbey’s “In a Persian Market”,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s overture from The Abduction from the Seraglio, and Maurice Ravel’s “Sheherazade”.
He and pianist
John Alley, cellist Amanda Truelove and violist Robert Turner appeared at
St. Luke’s Jerwood Hall on 8th November
2009 when they played a pair of piano quartets by Gustav Mahler and Alfred Schnittke as part of LSO Discovery Day.
January 2012, members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra interpreted
Brahms’ “Clarinet Quintet”, which was sandwiched in
between Mahler’s “Ruckert Lieder”
and Edward Top’s Love Thy Neighbour at the Orpheum Theatre.
which Nicholas appears include Alone
Together by Gary Williams, classikhan by Chaka Khan, Lessons in Love by Lance Ellington with John Wilson and His
Orchestra, and Solos from Ampleforth with the Boys of Ampleforth
In the field
of music education, he has served on the faculty of the Vancouver Academy