Biography

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Nicholas was born and raised in Yorkshire, England.  He was a chorister in the local church choir of St. John the Baptist in Knaresborough.  Early piano studies were with Gertrude Davey in Harrogate.  As a teenager, Nicholas studied organ with John Scott Whitely at York Minster, and, prior to college, was the organ scholar at Tewkesbury Abbey Choir School.  Advanced studies in organ were with John Wells at Cambridge University, and in piano with Norman Beedie at the Guildhall School of Music in London.  Nicholas obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music at Cambridge University, England.  He was awarded the organ scholarship to Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he directed the college chapel choir and the St. Margaret Society Chorus.

Nicholas’s professional career has led to a unique combination of music-making, piano teaching, and work in adolescent mental health.  Post-graduate studies in music therapy led to studying and working in the United States, and to earning a Masters Degree in family therapy from Hahnemann (now Drexel) University.  He has worked for many years with youth from the foster care and juvenile justice systems in residential placement, while continuing to work as an accompanist, church musician and piano teacher.  From 1999 - 2006, he was the accompanist for the Greater South Jersey Chorus, and he is currently the accompanist for ChildrenSong of New Jersey.  Nicholas is known for his sensitivity and musicianship in his playing, and he enjoys associations as an accompanist with many of South Jersey’s most talented educators and artists.  He was the Music Director at Holy Trinity Church in Collingswood from 1987-1991, and for the past ten years has been the organist at Christ Episcopal Church in West Collingswood.  Since graduating from Music for People’s Musicianship Program in 1999, Nicholas has expanded his playing to include lighter repertoire for cocktail hours, parties and celebrations, covering a wide range of music from classical, to jazz and popular styles.  He is now developing his private music studio, teaching students from the beginner to intermediate-advanced levels.