Nicholas Bromilow has been Musical Director of the Redland Green Choir since September 2013.
He is a born-and-bred Bristolian, and has been a singer from a very young age. At the age of 7, he took up the piano, and 10 the French horn. He made his debut as a conductor at the age of 18 in 2009, with a complete performance of Handel's 'Messiah’. During his gap year, he took up a professional choral scholarship at Sherborne School for Boys.
He then moved on to study for an undergraduate degree at the University of Southampton with another choral scholarship, where he took part in the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Wind Orchestra. In collaboration with a university colleague, he also started a choir from scratch (the 'Fidelis Chorale') made up of his peers, and he was later appointed to assistant conductorships of the Chamber Orchestra and the Brass Band.
After graduating, Nicholas moved back to Bristol where he has been appointed to positions across the West of England and South Wales. Current Musical Directorships include the Long Ashton Orchestra, the Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society and West Mendip Orchestra. Guest Conducting positions include the Bristol Chamber Orchestra, Petersfield Orchestra and Saltford Orchestra. He is a Co-Founder of the Bristol-based 'Insight Ensemble' whose aim is to make classical musical accessible to all.
Nicholas started his conducting studies at the University of Southampton with Robin Browning and he continues to study privately with Jason Thornton from the Bath Philharmonia. Other tutors include Sian Edwards (Royal Academy of Music), Neil Thompson (Royal College of Music), John Farrer (Bakersfield Orchestra) and George Hurst (Bournemouth Sinfonietta).
Nicholas has sung in choruses with many notable conductors and orchestras including Simon Rattle with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Lucerne Festival Hall, Esa-Pekka Salonen with the Philharmonia at the Southbank Centre and Marin Alsop with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Albert Hall. He has also appeared on the recent Cbeebies series 'Do you know?' playing Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Flight of the Bumblebee' on the piano: one of the most challenging pieces he has ever had to learn!
His excellent musicianship, dedication and enthusiasm, not to mention his fund of anecdotes, drives the choir. His sense of fun is palpable and permeates tight rehearsals which he leads with an affable strictness and lightness of touch – no mean feat with seventy-odd opinionated members in front of you.
Of the choir he says, ‘it is very versatile, friendly, hardworking and appreciative, and always delivers on the night’.
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