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Nicholas Drew, Tenor

Nicholas Drew is a sought-after soloist, recitalist and consort singer working with a variety of ensembles across the West Midlands and beyond. After first singing tenor in the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year award-winning Berkshire Youth Choir, Nicholas was awarded a choral scholarship in the Chapel Choir of Queens’ College, Cambridge whilst reading Modern and Medieval Languages. During his subsequent Master’s Degree studies at the University of Nottingham, he sang with the renowned choir of St Mary the Virgin in the Lace Market, and remains a regular fixture as Evangelist in their annual performance of Bach St John Passion.

Based in Birmingham, Nicholas is a regular member of Ex Cathedra, Ensemble Sine Nomine, and the Proteus Ensemble, and is a Deputy Lay Clerk in the Cathedral choirs of Birmingham (St Philip’s), Worcester, Gloucester, and Lichfield. Recent highlights on the concert platform include: Gerontius/The Soul in The Dream of Gerontius with the Sinfonia of Birmingham; Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Queen’s Park Sinfonia and prize-winning horn-player Alison Bach; Handel Messiah with the 18th Century Concert Orchestra in the Theatre Royal, Bath; premiering Robert Steadman’s oratorio for tenor and chorus The Christmas Truce in Hereford; and Bach Christmas Oratorio in Pershore Abbey.

On CD, Nicholas has recorded rediscovered works by Alessandro Scarlatti with Emma Kirkby and Armonico Consort, and a compilation of music and readings for remembrance with the Proteus Ensemble, which was launched with a concert at the 2014 Three Choirs Festival.

March 2017

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