Born in London, Nicholas Newland made his professional debut at the Cadogan Hall in 2007. Since then, he has worked around the world conducting repertoire from 16th century dramatic works to soundtracks for South Indian films. In 2010 Nicholas founded The Amadè Players, having previously established groups including the London Irish Symphony Orchestra and Situation Opera.
Nicholas was awarded a distinction for his MA in Historical Musicology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His dissertation on Waṅhal’s A minor symphony included a new critical edition, which is recorded for the first time on Resonus Classics. Current research towards his PhD focuses on the brass writing and sacred vocal music of Waṅhal. In 2012 Nicholas was appointed to the research council of the Johann Baptist Waṅhal Association.
Alongside regular performances at the Foundling Museum and Handel House with The Amadè Players, Nicholas has conducted at the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room. With the London Irish Symphony Orchestra Nicholas commissioned and premiered major new works by young Irish composers, and in Cuba he collaborated with the Instituto Superior de Arte, Escuela Nacional de Danza Cubana and choreographers Le Grand Cru to produce El Camina del Agua. With Anglo Indian Music Productions, Nicholas toured to Chennai, India in 2012 to give the launch performance of Illaiyaraaja’s score for Neethaane en Ponvasantham at the Nehru Stadium, Chennai to a worldwide televised audience. Since 2010, a residency at London’s Foundling Museum with The Amadè Players has led to world premiere recordings and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Vivaldi violin sonatas under Nicholas’s supervision.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, he has broadcast for BBC Radio on Vivaldi, Handel’s work with Foundlings in London and Waṅhal’s sacred and symphonic writing. He is a Lecturer in Historical Musicology at Goldsmiths, University of London and Morley College, teaching historical performance practice and arts management. Appointed a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014, Nicholas also teaches the Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education to early-career academics.
The Amadè Players’ second disc with Resonus Classics is a tribute to the group’s late patron Christopher Hogwood MBE and features performances by Rebecca Ramsey, Stephen Farr and Dame Ann Murray.
'[...] a sure and idiomatic hand.'
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