Concertos for two clarinets by Franz Tausch with Thea King and the English Chamber Orchestra (Hyperion); Mozart Basset Horn Divertimenti and the 13-Wind Serenade (Teldec) with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe Wind Soloists with whom he also took part in a recording of Richard Strauss Wind Works (Philips); the Glyndebourne Wind Octets with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (EMI); an EMI recording of music by HK Gruber and the aforementioned Mozart Arias CD with Cheryl Studer, ASMF and Sir Neville Marriner. He has also played on many orchestral recordings including the Mozart Requiem (ASMF/Marriner), Schnittke Violin Concertos (COE/Kremer/Eschenbach), Stravinsky ‘Jeu de Cartes’ (Philharmonia/Salonen), Strauss Horn Concertos (Pyatt/Britten Sinfonia), Brahms Symphonies 3 & 4 and Smetana ‘Ma Vlast’ (LCP/Norrington).


‘Pride & Prejudice’ and ‘Topsy-Turvy’ (Carl Davis), ‘American History X’ and ‘10th Kingdom’ (Anne Dudley), ‘Everafter’ and ‘In Love and War’ (George Fenton), ‘Chicken Run’ (John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams), ‘The Borrowers’, ‘Shrek’, ‘Shrek 2’, ‘Shrek the Third’, ‘Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason’, ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ (Harry Gregson-Williams), ‘My Dog Skip’ (William Ross), ‘Enemy at the Gates’(James Horner), ‘The Wings of the Dove’, ‘Jakob the Liar’, ‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’ and ‘Laws of Attraction’ (Edward Shearmur), ‘My Uncle Silas’ and ‘Judge John Deed’ (Debbie Wiseman), ‘Emma’, ‘The Cider House Rules’, ‘Chocolat’ and ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ (Rachel Portman), ‘Gosford Park’ and ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ (Patrick Doyle), ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘The Bone Collector’ and ‘Love Actually’ – all solos with orchestra (Craig Armstrong), ‘The English Patient’, ‘The Talented Mr.Ripley’, ‘Autumn in New York’, ‘Cold Mountain’ and ‘Sylvia’ (Gabriel Yared), ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Corpse Bride’, ‘Frankenweenie’ and ‘Hitchcock’ (Danny Elfman), ‘Wallace & Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’ (Julian Nott/Hans Zimmer), ‘Shark Tale’ and ‘Madagascar’ (Hans Zimmer), ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ (John Williams), ‘The Water Horse’ (James Newton Howard), ‘The Golden Compass’ (Alexandre Desplatt), ‘Eastern Promises’, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, ‘History of Violence’ and ‘Hugo’ (Howard Shore), ‘Sweeney Todd’ (Stephen Sondheim) and ‘Volver’ and ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ (Alberto Iglesias).


Session musicians are involved in many differing kinds of music. Artists Nicholas has worked with include:

Joni Mitchell (Both Sides Now & Travelogue), Robbie Williams (Swing When You’re Winning), John Barry (Eternal Echoes), Sir George Martin (In My Life), Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Likes of Us), Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Fiona Apple, Bond, Elaine Elias, Daniel Levi, Celine Dion, Dido, Duel, Dave Stewart, Elvis Costello, Bryan Ferry, Boyzone, Westlife, Nightwish, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Michel Legrand, Elton John, Vangelis, Lesley Garrett, Charlotte Church, Brian May, Ramon Vargas, Rufus Wainwright, Roger Waters, Adam Watkiss, Russell Watson, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Jose Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, Jermaine Jackson, Jeff Beck, Kate Bush, Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Michael Ball and Friar Alessandro Brustenghi.


Appeared on live TV for the final of ‘Dancing on Ice’ in 2007, playing a solo arrangement of ‘Bolero’ for a special performance by Torvill & Dean.

Nicholas taught at Trinity College of Music for ten years up to 2002.

Nicholas was the first session musician to have an article dedicated to him in The Clarinet, the journal of the International Clarinet Association (June 2001). This became the first in a series entitled ‘I Wonder Who The Clarinet Player Was’, devoted to players that are often heard on film soundtracks.

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