Nicholas Houghton: Director
Nick is an experienced choral conductor, organist, accompanist and workshop leader.
He’s currently Music Director of the Lewes Singers, the East Sussex Community Choir and the Lewes Chamber Choir and the Brighton Singers. He is also Chorus Master of New Sussex Opera. Nick also works with many other local groups including the Brighton Orpheus Choir and Eastbourne Choral Society.
In a conducting career spanning over forty years, including eight years with the Reading Haydn Choir and fifteen with the Downland Chorale in Surrey, Nick has been fortunate to work with many orchestras and fine musicians including Dame Emma Kirkby, Dame Felicity Lott, Sir John Tomlinson, Julia Bishop, James Bowman, Alison Bury, Anthony Halstead, Neil Jenkins and Judy Tarling.
Having been a chorister at Coventry Cathedral, Nick studied organ with David Lepine, Robert Weddle and Nicolas Kynaston, and music at Bristol University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Now a full-time freelance musician, for 35 years Nick also held a variety of teaching roles in both the independent and state sector including five years as Head of the East Sussex Academy of Music (ESAM) in Lewes.
Nick is the organist at St Michael’s in Lewes where he founded the First Sunday Recitals Series. He also maintains a busy concert schedule as a continuo player, generally playing his own Goetze and Gwynn chamber organ (a beautiful 17th century-style instrument) and Bizzi harpsichord.