Nicholas combines an international career as a chamber musician, soloist and recitalist with his position as Head of Strings at Chetham’s School of Music and Tutor in Cello at the RNCM.
He performs and teaches regularly around the UK and in Europe, including the Music in Great Irish Houses Festival, St Cyprien Festival (France), Valdres Festival (Norway), Siena Music Festival (Italy), where he gave the world première of a new work by Italian composer, Simone Fontanelli.
During 2001-06, he was a teacher/performing artist at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, USA. He was cellist of the Bochmann Quartet for eight years and was also principal cellist of the English String Orchestra, with whom he was a frequent soloist and director. In 2009, he will perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in a series of concerts in Italy with Italian musicians Franco Mezzena and Stefano Giavazzi. His ex-students include Guy Johnston, Gabriella Swallow, Jessica Burroughs, James Barralet and Emma Denton. Masterclasses have included RAM, RCM, Guildhall, Barratt-Due Institute (Norway), St Petersburg and USA.