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Benjamin Nicholas was appointed Director of The Choir of The Abbey School, Tewkesbury in September 2000. In this capacity, he directs the choir in the daily Evensongs in Tewkesbury Abbey. Born in 1976, he was a chorister in The Choir of Norwich Cathedral and educated at Norwich School. In 1994 he became organ scholar of Chichester Cathedral and in the following year took up the organ scholarship at Lincoln College, Oxford. With the Lincoln College Chapel Choir he directed the choir in numerous concerts (mainly in Italy) and on two discs for Guild Music. In 1997, Benjamin Nicholas was conductor of The Oxford Chamber Choir. In 1998 he moved to the organ scholarship at St Paul's Cathedral where he spent two years working under John Scott, teaching in the Cathedral School and at the London Oratory School and conducting the Yateley Choral Society. During this time he was also Director of Music of St Luke's Church, Chelsea. In 1998 Benjamin Nicholas conducted the first performance of John Caldwell's opera Good Friday and in 1999 directed further performances and the recording. The disc, released in 2000, was included on Radio 3 Critic's Choice and was Classic FM's opera recording of the month in August 2000. In 2001 he directed the first performances in Oxford and Tewkesbury of Caldwell's The Word. Benjamin Nicholas has given recitals in many venues including St Paul's, Norwich and Westminster Cathedrals, York Minster and Westminster and St Alban's Abbeys. He studies with David Sanger.