Nigel Short

Artistic Director

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Award-winning conductor Nigel Short has built up an enviable reputation for his recording and live performance work with orchestras and ensembles across the world.

A singer of great acclaim, Nigel was a member of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers from 1994 – 2000. On leaving the group, he formed Tenebrae, a virtuosic choir that embraced his dedication to passion and precision. Tenebrae is the first ever group to be nominated twice in the same category for the BBC Music Magazine Awards, taking the Choral Award in 2012 for their recording of Victoria’s Requiem, 1605. Under his direction and vision, Tenebrae has enjoyed collaborations with orchestras and instrumentalists of various musical genres, and now enjoys a reputation as one of the world’s leading choirs.

To date, Nigel has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Aurora Orchestra, and for Baroque repertoire, the English Concert. He has directed the London Symphony Orchestra in a live recording of Fauré’s Requiem, which was shortlisted in the choral category of the 2014 Gramophone Awards, having been described as “the very best Fauré Requiem on disc”. Since then, he has directed the orchestra, alongside Tenebrae, for a sold-out performance in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, as part of the City of London Festival. Mozart’s Requiem in D and Ave Verum Corpus were recorded with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and he has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a disc of works by Paul Mealor.  Nigel is also Director of Music at St Bartholomew the Great, London – home to a small consort of eight professional singers.

Nigel has conducted recordings for many of the world’s major record labels including Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Warner Classics, Decca Records, LSO Live and Signum Records.