The Sheffield Bach Society is fortunate to have as its President Professor George Nicholson, a musician and composer of some repute and a great friend and supporter of the choir for many years. George stepped in as conductor during Dr Simon Lindley’s illness, and has generously agreed to continue as conductor until the end of the 2022-23 season, to give the choir time to recruit a new conductor.
George Nicholson is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Sheffield, having held the post of Head of Composition there between 1996 and 2020. During that time, he regularly conducted the University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble, making use of every available opportunity to promote new work by emerging student composers alongside classic repertoire pieces and to foster and encourage the talent of young solo performers and conductors. He is Director of the Sheffield Lydian Singers and a trustee of Classical Sheffield.
In his various roles as pianist, chamber musician and conductor, George Nicholson has developed an extremely wide range of musical interests, and his repertoire extends from Tallis to Boulez and beyond. His list of original published compositions now numbers around a hundred, including a flute concerto commissioned by James Galway and a cello concerto for Moray Welsh, five string quartets, and a variety of other chamber works, vocal pieces and piano music. Recent works include a new piano trio for the Leonore Trio.