Accompanist

Nicholas Shaw has been associated with the Reading Bach Choir since 2006, first as accompanist and latterly as Assistant Musical Director. In addition he is Youth Chorus Master of Opera North, Music Director of Cantate (one of the UK’s most successful youth choir schemes) and Organist and Director of Chapel Music at Lincoln’s Inn in London.

He is a passionate advocate of the importance of a first rate music education for all young people and pursues a diverse career that includes leading singing for infant aged children to teaching choral conducting at Cambridge University via workshops and classroom engagement with pupils of all ages and abilities. As a choral director he has devised and led projects for Sing up and Aldeburgh Music and is currently working with a new open access choir at Saffron Walden County High School for a project initially set up by the Gabrieli Consort. In the last few years his choirs have performed in the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, St Albans, Southwark and Ely Cathedrals, Saffron Hall as well as at venues around Cantate’s base in Bishops Stortford and he led this choir to double gold medal winning success at the World Choir Games in Riga in 2014. For over ten years he was Director of Choirs at Junior Guildhall in addition to teaching general musicianship there.

His maintains a parallel career as an organist and pianist with a particular focus on church music. At Lincoln’s Inn he is curating a project of substantial new choral works celebrating both the 400th anniversary of the Chapel and the Inn’s most famous Preacher, John Donne, making use of the fantastic choir and the new organ that he commissioned in 2009. He teaches organ at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London.

Nicholas trained at Oxford (as organ scholar of Magdalen College) and at the Royal Academy of Music where he was one of the founding students on the choral conducting course. He was made an Associate of the Academy in 2012.