Nicholas Hurndall Smith studied music at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he was organ scholar, before deciding to study singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
On the concert stage he is a regular soloist for London Concert Choir, having sung Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with them at Cadogan Hall and Haydn’s The Seasons in London and Assisi. He has performed Bach cantatas with the Academy of Ancient Music, The Fairy Queen with the English Concert, and Coridon Acis and Galatea for the Gabrieli Consort in the Wigmore Hall. Nicholas regularly performs Bach cantatas with the Feinstein Ensemble and the London Bach Singers. He recently made his debut with the viol consort Fretwork in a
recital of Purcell and Dowland.
He is a regular guest soloist with the group Eclipse, bringing music, songs, dance and legends of the British Isles to venues throughout the UK and as far afield as Istanbul. His operatic roles include Lurcanio Ariodante (English Touring Opera), Tamino The Magic Flute and Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Longborough Festival Opera), Ecclitico Il mondo della luna
(Opera della luna), Normanno Lucia di Lammermoor (Iford Arts) and Sellem The Rake’s Progress (Opera East).
An established Britten singer, he has sung St Nicolas with the London Mozart Players and the English Chamber Orchestra. He has had a long association with Cumbria Choral Initiative, which combines the choral societies of Cumbria, and with them has sung Britten’s War Requiem, Finzi’s Intimations of Immortality and Howell’s In Paradisum. He has also sung Britten’s Serenade with
the Haffner Orchestra.
Nicholas is a frequent visitor to Norway and Germany, and in particular to Schleswig Holstein, returning several times a year for performances of Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Passions. He has been a member of the award-winning solo voice ensemble I Fagiolini for over twenty years, taking part in their innovative staged productions of Renaissance and Baroque music theatre works and singing the title role in Carissimi’s Jonah in the BBC Proms. He also gives regular song recitals in Germany and throughout the UK.
Nicholas is visiting singing teacher at Sidney Sussex College and Homerton College, Cambridge. He enjoys adding rock‐climbs to his repertoire. In August 2012 he completed a traverse of the Matterhorn, raising £10,000 for the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
London Concert Choir concerts: