Nicholas began playing the cornet when he was 6 years old, later joining the Bristol Easton Salvation Army Band. Nicholas held the position of Music Scholar at Bristol Cathedral School and whilst a pupil there joined the Sun Life Band under Dr. Roy Newsome.
At university, he was a member of Enfield Citadel Band, First City Brass and the BBC Concert Band based at Elstree Studios, receiving lessons from Rod Franks and Stephen Cobb. Since then, he has played with many of the country’s finest bands including Brighouse, Cory, Fairey, Foden’s and Grimethorpe. Nicholas’ brass band honours include Swedish National Brass Champion (with Stockholm Brass), Butlins Mineworkers Open Champion (with Redbridge), Midland Area Champion (twice, with GUS) and London and Southern Counties Area Champion (three times, with Redbridge). As a conductor, he has won ‘best entertainment’ in the Cory Online Entertainment Contest and other local entertainment contests and has also conducted at the National Finals of Great Britain.
As an adjudicator, Nicholas has experience in all types of contest and at all levels. He joined AoBBA after successfully completing the trainee adjudicator scheme in 2013, was appointed to the executive in 2016, became trainee mentor in Jan 2018 and in Jan 2019 was elected as AoBBA secretary. He was awarded his Licentiate in conducting from the London College of Music in 2017.
For 12 years, Nicholas was Director of Music at an independent school and since 2016, has been an examiner for the London College of Music. In 2021, he became part of the group responsible for the training of new examiners. Also in 2021, Nicholas was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and, Fellowship of the Guild of Musicians and Singers.