Director of Music
Nicholas Thorpe first directed choirs as a pupil at Southwell Minster Grammar School in House Music Competitions. As a student at King Alfred’s College, Winchester he directed the student chamber choir for two years. On his return to Nottinghamshire he became accompanist to the Freda White Choir, Mansfield and when Freda retired conducted them for ten years. In 1987 he became director of the Newstead Abbey Singers and has conducted them in over 100 concerts in venues in the Midlands and abroad. He has trained choirs and singing groups as part of his teaching work for over thirty-
His involvement with choral music began as a Southwell Minster chorister, continuing as Lay Clerk before leaving school. He was a Choral Scholar in Winchester before returning to Southwell as a Lay Clerk. He has observed conductors from the piano stool as accompanist, and playing for ballet classes and singing lessons was also good experience.
Nick enjoys all kinds of music but particularly relishes the challenge of new or unusual pieces and promoting the work of local composers. He has been involved in commissioning and performing pieces by Alan Bullard, Peter Maxwell Davies, Kevin Malone and Robert Steadman and conducted the first performance in the East Midlands of Karl Jenkins –
He joined the Association of British Choral Directors at its inception and is the Deputy Chair and Midland Region Chair. At its events and Conventions he has been able to learn from renowned choral directors from all over the world.