Nicholas Bannan studied composition at school with Alan Ridout and at University with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr, John Rutter and Hugh Wood; and at Dartington Summer School with Peter Maxwell Davies. He won the Fribourg Festival Prize for Sacred Music in 1986 with a setting of the Magnificat subsequently broadcast by La Chapelle Royale directed by Philippe Herreweghe on the European Broadcasting Union network, and by the BBC Singers on Radio 3. He has written two string quartets, for the Allegri (1981) and Grieg (1994) quartets respectively, and commissions for the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, Cantemus Novum of Antwerp, the Guildhall String Ensemble and the Fisenden Flute Ensemble, as well as for two BBC radio plays. He is especially associated with composition projects for children, with whom he collaborated on two music/theatre works, Raindance (Maidenhead College) and Journey (Eastleigh Area Youth Orchestra and school ensembles with soloists from the Royal Ballet), as well as directing creative performance projects for the Henley and Worfield Festivals with his groups Composer Yourself! and Act of Creation.
Prior to moving to Australia, Nicholas taught at Eton College, and was Director of Music at Desborough School, Maidenhead, where his choir collaborated with James Horner on his score for the film Krull and regularly worked with London orchestras. He went on to lecture at the University of Reading and direct the choral programme of the Yehudi Menuhin School.
Nicholas is a Senior Lecturer in Music Education at UWA, where he coordinates the Aural programme and the formation of music teachers. He directs The Winthrop Singers, who perform every Thursday evening in the Chapel of St George’s College, and embraces a high proportion of new music in their repertoire, including works by UWA students.
Nicholas Bannan has taken part in the following PCI events:
Summer School – Jan 2018
An 8 day residential course for singers aged 15 to 25.Sunday Jan 14th - Sunday Jan 21stResidence: St George's College, UWA
Summer School – Jan 2017
The inaugural PCI Summer School saw 30 of Perth's best and brightest perform 4 times in 8 days. Click for more information.Sunday Jan 15th - Sunday Jan 22ndResidence: Swan Valley Adventure Centre