Michael Nicholas

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Michael Bernard Nicholas FRCO (born 1938) is a British organist, conductor and composer, who was organist and master of choristers at Norwich Cathedral from 1971 to 1994 before becoming Chief Executive of the Royal College of Organists.


Nicholas was born in 1938 and educated at the City of London School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he was Organ Scholar and studied for a degree in music.[1][2] He was awarded his Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO) in 1958. After graduating, he became organist and choirmaster of St. James Church, Louth 1960 - 1964 and during that time was the music master at King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth. He then became organist and choirmaster of St Matthew's Church, Northampton 1964 - 1971 before becoming organist and master of choristers at Norwich Cathedral. He was also Head of Music at Northampton Grammar School during this period. He held this position (together with a part-time lectureship in music at the University of East Anglia) from 1971 to 1994, when he was appointed Chief Executive of the Royal College of Organists. From 1999 - 2013, Nicholas was director of music at St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich.[3] where he conducted three choirs and promoted the popular lunchtime concert series. In addition to church choirs, he has conducted the Northampton Bach Choir and Orchestra, the Norwich Philharmonic Chorus and the Allegri Singers. He has published various works for choir and for organ, and has written Sightsinging (1966) and Muse at St Matthew's (1968).[1]

He is a member of the Athenaeum Club.


  1. ^ a b "Nicholas, Michael Bernard". Who's Who 2009. Oxford University Press. December 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Nicholas, Michael (2004). "I read Music at Jesus College" (pdf). The Jesus College Newsletter. Jesus College, Oxford (2): 10. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "St Mary-le-Tower Civic Church Choir – Music Staff". St Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2009.