Nick Austin is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied under Carola Grindea and Harold Dexter.
Nick has been Musical Director of Stanmore Choral Society since September 2006. Performances since then have included Brahms’s German Requiem, Jenkins’s The Armed Man, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Britten’s St Nicolas, Faure’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Orff’s Carmina Burana in a joint concert with Thames Voyces.
Nick has conducted Thames Voyces since January 2013. Works performed include Handel’s Coronation Anthems, Bach’s Jesu meine freude, Durufle’s Requiem, Rutter’s Gloria and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.
Nick has been rehearsal pianist for the Bracknell Choral Society since 1981. He regularly accompanies and plays continuo in their concerts.
An avid show tune lover, Nick was Musical Director for Crowthorne Musical Players from 1988 to 2013. Recent productions included Hello, Dolly!, Guys and Dolls, Carousel, Pirates of Penzance (Broadway Version), Oklahoma, Singin’ in the Rain and Fiddler on the Roof.
Last year he was Musical Director for Reading Operatic Society in their production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The show received 3 nominations from the National Operatic & Dramatic Association including ‘Best Chorus’.
He also acts as occasional accompanist for the Walton & Weybridge Amateur Operatic Society.
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.