Nick Austin, our Accompanist is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied under Carola Grindea and Harold Dexter.
Nick has been rehearsal pianist for the Bracknell Choral Society since 1981. He regularly accompanies and plays continuo in their concerts.
Nick has conducted Thames Voyces since January 2013. Works performed include Handel's Coronation Anthems , Bach's Jesu meine freude , Duruflé's Requiem , Rutter's Gloria , Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb. Last year saw a performance of Orff's Carmina Burana in conjunction with Stanmore Choral Society.
Nick has been Musical Director of Stanmore Choral Society since September 2006. Performances since then have included Brahms' German Requiem, Jenkins' The Armed Man , Handel's Messiah , Haydn's Creation , Mozart's Requiem , Britten's St Nicolas , Faure's Requiem and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle .
An avid showtune lover, Nick was Musical Director for the Crowthorne Musical Players from 1988 to 2013. Recent productions included Hello Dolly, Guys & Dolls , Carousel , Pirates of Penzance (Broadway Version), Oklahoma , Singin' in the Rain and Fiddler on the Roof. Earlier this year he was Musical Director for Reading Operatic Society's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. .
Nick orchestrates, arranges and composes for various musical and dance groups. Much of his output is tailor-made music for dance schools and amateur choral groups.