Nick Houghton has been fortunate to have conducted a number of choirs and fixed players for hundreds of concerts over the years, allowing him to work with many fine musicians including Julia Bishop, James Bowman, Alison Bury, Anthony Halstead, Emma Kirkby, Neil Jenkins and Judy Tarling.
Currently he conducts the Lewes Singers, a small hand-picked group who give occasional concerts and sing weekend services at Cathedrals and Abbeys in England. The Lewes Singers have sung services at Westminster Abbey, York Minster and Salisbury Cathedral among others.
Here’s a short clip of the Lewes Singers in rehearsal:
Nick also conducts the Lewes Chamber Choir, a group that mainly sings for pleasure meeting monthly, and the East Sussex Community Choir, now thriving with over 100 members and enjoying a wide range of music.
As guest conductor, Nick works regularly with local choirs including the Brighton Singers
For 15 years Nick conducted the Downland Chorale, a 50-strong choir based in Surrey, and before that was music director of the Reading Haydn Choir for eight years. During this time Nick conducted a considerable amount of the chamber choir repertoire, and introduced both choirs to ‘period’ performance of such works as Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, Bach Mass in B minor and Bach St.John and St.Matthew Passions.
On occasions the choirs joined forces with others to perform larger works such as Elgar Dream of Gerontius and Walton Belshazaar’s Feast (which Nick conducted alongside Walton Symphony No.1).
Over the years Nick has taken various ensembles on tours abroad to sing concerts in France, Germany, Ireland, the Czech Republic and the USA.