Jeremy Nicholas (writer)

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For the broadcaster of the same name, see Jeremy Nicholas (broadcaster).

Jeremy Nicholas (born 20 September 1947) is an English actor (Olivier Award nominee, 1981), writer, award-winning broadcaster (Sony Gold, 1996), lyricist and musician. He is President of the Jerome K Jerome Society. He was born in Wellington, Shropshire, raised in Stafford and educated at Wycliffe College (1957–65) and the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art (1966–69).

Actor[edit]

Nicholas began his career with the Prospect Theatre Company (1969-70) and the Citizens' Theatre (1970-72). He performed his own solo adaptation of Three Men in a Boat at the Edinburgh Festival (1981) and May Fair Theatre (1982), which won him a nomination for an Olivier Award as Most Promising Newcomer. Nicholas has also performed on television in roles such as Inigo Jollifant in The Good Companions,[1] Mr Winkle in The Pickwick Papers,[1] John Maddingham in Crossroads,[1] Lewis Lake in Wish Me Luck,[1] as well as voicing Lionel in all 39 episodes of Budgie the Little Helicopter. He has also composed the music for several stage and television plays, among them Quartermaine's Terms and A Month in the Country for BBC Television.

Radio[edit]

Nicholas has written and presented over sixty radio features for BBC Radio winning a Sony Gold Award in 1996 for Best Arts Programme. He has read and / or adapted more than twenty books for radio and spoken word recordings. From 1977 to 1991 he wrote the lyrics and music for nearly 150 songs for BBC Radio 4' Stop the Week chaired by Robert Robinson. He played Dr. Watson to Peter Egan's Sherlock Holmes in Second Holmes (Radio 4 series). In 2000 he dramatised and appeared in The Fast Gentleman by Keble Howard, also for Radio 4.

Writer[edit]

Nicholas is currently a regular contributor as critic and feature writer to Gramophone and International Piano, having previously written for Classic FM Magazine, Classic CD, BBC Music Magazine, Piano and International Record Review. He is the author of four reference books on classical music and the biographer of Leopold Godowsky and Frédéric Chopin.

Television[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Recordings[edit]

  • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf. Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ondrej Lenárd, narrator Jeremy Nicholas. (Naxos Records 8.550499)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals. David Nettles & Richard Markham, pianos (with ensemble). Verses written and narrated by Jeremy Nicholas. (Netmark NEMACD600)
  • Francis Poulenc: Babar the Elephant. David Nettles & Richard Markham, pianos, Text by Jean de Brunhoff, narrator Jeremy Nicholas. (Netmark NEMACD600)
  • Toccata Giubiloso. Kevin Bowyer, organ. (NPC007, Alto ALC1187, Forum 8103)
  • Quiet Peace No.1 (arr. 2 pianos) David Nettles & Richard Markham, pianos (MCD 65, Carlton Classics 30366 01052, NEMACD200)
  • Place Settings (words & music, Jeremy Nicholas) Sarah Walker & Roger Vignoles (Hyperion CDA66289, Helios CDH55422)
    • Musical Chairs (alternative version of Place Settings) (words & music, Jeremy Nicholas) Jody Karin Applebaum & Marc-André Hamelin (Albany TROY744)
  • Usherette’s Blues (words & music, Jeremy Nicholas) Sarah Walker & Roger Vignoles (Hyperion CDA66289, Helios CDH55422) Jody Karin Applebaum & Marc-André Hamelin (Albany TROY744) Nicy Roberts & Paul Roberts (TTB CD02)
  • Pretty Plain (words & music, Jeremy Nicholas) Jody Karin Applebaum & Marc-André Hamelin (Albany TROY744)
  • Maternity (words & music, Jeremy Nicholas) Jody Karin Applebaum & Marc-André Hamelin (Albany TROY744)
  • Valentine Card (words & music, Jeremy Nicholas) Stewart Collins & Andy Read (FEST CD231)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Who's Who on Television, Boxtree (2000), page 218
  2. ^ The Tablet, Volume 239. Tablet Publishing Company. 1985. p. 68. 
  3. ^ "Home | Jeremy Nicholas. Founded 1947". Jeremynicholas.com. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 

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