Nicolas Haigh, Historical Keyboards
Prize-winning organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh is currently Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC. Prior to this he held positions with the multiple Gramophone Award-winning Choir of New College, Oxford; York Minster; and Myers Park United Methodist Church. While in Oxford he worked closely with Robert Quinney (formerly Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey and organist at the wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton), traveled to Vatican City to perform at a Papal Mass for the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul, served as organist of the city church, St Michael at the North Gate, and he frequently accompanied the choir of men and boys at Christ Church Cathedral. He is a recipient of the coveted Limpus Prize from the Royal College of Organists and recently performed in the St Alban's International Organ Festival. He was a student at the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in musicology and held the Sir William McKie Organ Scholarship at Clare College, accompanying the world-famous chapel choir for numerous international tours, concerts, and broadcasts. Nicolas’ teachers have included Malcolm Archer (St Paul’s Cathedral), Clive Driskill-Smith (Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford), James McVinnie (Westminster Abbey), Lisa Goode Crawford (Oberlin Conservatory), and Jonathan Moyer (Oberlin Conservatory).
An experienced continuo player and choral conductor, Nicolas has performed alongside leading members of ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists, American Bach Soloists, Fretwork, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He recently conducted the Oxford Bach Soloists as part of their Bach Cantata Series and also served as their principal continuo player for the 2014-2015 season. He is co-founder of the early music consort L’Académie du Roi Soleil with fellow Cambridge alumna Margaret Carpenter Haigh, which recently served as the resident ensemble at the Nashville Early Music Festival, and he was also named as a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2016. He has performed many of the major choral works of the repertoire including the Johannes-Passion, the Matthäus-Passion, Die Schöpfung, and Messiah, and he has appeared with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Raleigh Bach Soloists, Orchestra of Opera North, Huddersfield Choral Society, and Ensemble Vermillian. As a repetiteur he has collaborated on projects with ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Camerata.
Nicolas has been privileged to perform on a number of tours to countries including America, Australia, France, Italy, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, and Israel. Furthermore, he has performed at venues such as the Sydney Opera House; St Peter’s Basilica; St Paul’s Cathedral; Westminster Abbey; St John’s, Smith Square; Coventry Cathedral; St Patrick’s Cathedral, Belfast; and Liverpool Cathedral. He also performs regularly as both a soloist and accompanist on radio in the United States and the United Kingdom, accompanying choirs on Choral Evensong and In Tune (BBC Radio 3), as well as on Sunday Worship (BBC Radio 4). He can be heard as an organist on the CD Veni Emmanuel (Harmonia Mundi USA); as a singer on Imogen Holst: Choral Works (Harmonia Mundi USA) and A Tudor Christmas; and as a soloist and continuo player on a forthcoming CD of seventeenth-century German music with Ensemble Vermillian.