Biography

 

 

After leaving school Nick studied for a degree in Performing Arts at Middlesex University which would prove to stand him in good stead to enjoy a varied life as a working musician, and from the very beginning there were two main strands to his work: musical theatre and cabaret occupying one side; dance and vocal accompanying the other.

His relationship with the world of dance was fostered early when he began playing at theĀ  Northdown School of Dance when he was only 15, and a year later Nick began taking regular jazz & tap classes with a local teacher. A world away, however, from his first dance accompanying job after graduating from university: a Graham class with the redoubtable Anne Went. Not long after this Nick began his long-standing relationship with English National Ballet joining their Education Unit as a freelance musician.

At the same time Nick was forging a career as a musical theatre pianist and musical director, and developing some long-standing relationships with a number of singers and singing teachers. For more than 10 years Nick was an accompanist for the late great Ian Adam, and has since worked as pianist and assistant to many other great singing teachers including Robert Bicknell, Anne Marie-Speed, Mary King, Maureen Scott & Mary Hammond. His repetoire and sight reading flourished as pupils and friends brought along not only unknown showtunes, but Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Handel, Mozart, Wagner, and Richard Strauss alike. He has had the pleasure of working as an accompanist with such luminaries as Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Man of La Mancha, Broadway), Courtney Love (Later With Jools Holland), Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd. Dir. Tim Burton), Alicia Silverstone & Adrian Lester (both Love’s Labours Lost. Dir. K.Branagh), Jeremy Irons (Last Night of the Proms), Anthony Andrews (Woman in White & My Fair Lady), Michael Crawford (Dracula, Broadway & Woman in White), Lorna Dallas (CBS Television, Carnegie Hall), and Twiggy (Lucille Lortel Theatre NY)

Nick’s musical theatre career went on to flourish and he has been pianist, keyboard player, or assistant MD on Ruthless (Stratford), Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour), Fame (Aldwych), Beauty & the Beast, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, 42nd Street (all National Tours), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Wicked (Apollo Victoria), and Grease (Picadilly). Nick was also Musical Director of the sell-out smash High School Musical on tour. He has also appeared onstage alongside Matthew Kelly, Reece Shearsmith & Keith Allen as the club pianist in The Comedians at The Lyric Hammersmith.

Throughout these jaunts round the country Nick still spent many hours in the dance studio, and was steadily creating a name for himself. He began working reguarly with the National Youth Dance Company through his relationship with Anne Went & Middlesex University; and his work in the field of education led him to many workshops with Northern Ballet. Soon he was appearing in classes at London Contemporary Dance School, The Place professional classes, Central School of Ballet, and English National Ballet School.

After a number of years on the road with musicals Nick returned to London to dive more thoroughly into dance once again and began to develop the relationships that still hold strong now. Nick is proud to continue working with English National Ballet as a freelance repetiteur and class pianist; also with Richard Alston Dance Company; the variously titled Matthew Bourne Companies (most recently New Adventures); Michael Clark Company; Rambert Dance Company; The Royal Academy of Dance; Ballet Black; and many guest appearances with organisations such as Trinity Laban; English National Opera; The Royal Opera House; and American Ballet Theatre.

Nick can also be reguarly found accompanying open classes at Danceworks in Central London where he plays for elementary & professional level open ballet classes every week.

In addition Nick is also Musical Director of Tottenham Commnuity Choir and from time to time can be seen appearing with 1920′s band Champagne Charlie & the Bubbly Boys.

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