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NATHAN JAMES BMUS MMUS

composer

From performances in 10 Downing Street to the Edinburgh Fringe, from BBC Songs of Praise to Westminster Abbey, Nathan has a wealth of experience to draw on when it comes to leading your choir, providing you with original music or musical accompaniment.

Nathan took early encouragement from Ruth Gipps and Norman Kay before studying composition with Peter Aston. In 2003, he completed a Masters in Conducting, under the tutelage of Dr Sharon Choa (Hong Kong Philharmonic) and has since gone on to conduct choral societies, chamber choirs, church choirs, and community choirs in performances of major choral works including the Bach Passions, Stainer's Crucifixion, Gounod's Messe Solennelle, and Britten's St Nicolas, and Noye's Fludde. He is currently working with six choirs each week across the South-East of England.
 His choral music has been performed across the UK and Europe, by choirs of every age and standard, which is testament to his style of modern contemporary, yet accessible, composition. Recent performances of his music have taken place at the Royal Festival Hall (Remembered, 2015), Edinburgh Fringe (Holes, 2016), Villages Music Festival (Three Songs of Innocence, 2016), Brighton Fringe (Who We Are, 2017), London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (The Secret Flower, 2017), and the Crossing Borders Festival (Home, 2018).
 
Nathan's reworking of Beethoven's Choral Symphony (last movt.), arranged for SATB choir and soloists, with string quartet, trumpet, and piano, transposed down a major 3rd, was given it's first performance in July 2018 to critical acclaim ("Now there's NO EXCUSE for not performing it", Royal Philharmonic Society).
As a freelance organist, Nathan has provided the music for services at churches and cathedrals across the UK, including Winchester, Chichester, Coventry, Ely, Peterborough, and Norwich, and has sung in choirs at Christ Church, Oxford and Westminster Abbey, to name but a few. As an accompanist, he regularly works with singers from Glyndebourne, the Royal Opera House, and English National Opera.
 
Since performing for Margaret Thatcher's government in 10 Downing Street, he has performed on Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 3 and worked with Will Todd and Patrick Hawes in conducting premieres of their work. As a theatre MD, he has worked alongside Sir John Hurt, Sir Ronnie Corbett, and Griff Rhys Jones, and has prepared choirs for film and recording work alongside director, Stephen Poliakoff.
Nathan is currently working on an Arts Council England-supported project, to compose a cantata based around the South Downs where he grew up, focusing on the story of the Long Man of Wilmington. It will be premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Harlequin Chamber Choir at Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, in March 2020.

creating choral music