Nicholas Mulroy has been appointed the Dunedin Consort’s first-ever Associate Director, marking a new chapter in his nearly 20 years of collaboration with the ensemble.
Audiences can expect to see Nicholas direct two or three projects each year, alongside other programmes that will range from the Dunedin’s core repertoire to rarely heard gems, as well as continuing to sing principle parts under Music Director John Butt throughout the season.
Dunedin Consort CEO Jo Buckley writes of Nicholas’s appointment: “Nicholas has become an integral part of the ensemble. He will be familiar to audiences as one of our most prominent tenor soloists, but also more recently as director of our a cappella consort. His rapport, both with musicians and audiences, is simply wonderful to watch, and has resulted in some of the most memorable concerts in my time with the organisation. It is a real privilege for us to have the honour of welcoming him as our first Associate Director."
On his new role, Nicholas writes: “I know I’m not alone amongst the musicians in feeling that coming to work with Dunedin is like being ‘at home’. It always feels like everyone is utterly devoted, in the moment, to the music. I hope it’s a really exciting chance to develop the group’s work, especially in vocal music of various shapes and sizes.”
Nicholas has now directed the ensemble on several occasions, and his warmth, sensitivity and extraordinary musicality have fostered a natural and irresistible rapport with the musicians. He was previously Director of Chapel Music at Girton College, Cambridge (where he is now a Musician in Residence), and is Associate Director of the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, whom he has led in a wide repertoire, and his work as a guest conductor has taken him to the USA, Malta, Poland, and Spain. As a singer-director, he has performed Bach’s Passions, Purcell odes, Handel oratorios, and is devoted to the collaborative energy and artistic autonomy that this approach brings.
He next directs the ensemble in How Lonely Sits the City, a programme of Lassus, Byrd and MacMillan reflecting on isolation from the Renaissance to the present day, to be live-streamed on 19th November. More information on the concert can be found here.
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