Glyndebourne appoints new Chorus Master

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Nicholas Jenkins has been appointed the new Chorus Master of Glyndebourne, it was announced today.

He will take up his new role at Glyndebourne on 4 September 2017.

Sebastian F. Schwarz, General Director of Glyndebourne, said: ‘I am delighted to confirm this appointment. Nicholas is one of the UK’s most impressive and internationally experienced choral conductors. We look forward to working with him to maintain the outstanding reputation of the Glyndebourne Chorus.’

Nicholas said: ‘I am thrilled to be appointed as Glyndebourne’s new Chorus Master. The Glyndebourne Chorus is already a world-leader in its field, known for superb and flexible singing allied to dynamic theatrical performances. I am committed to the Chorus attaining the highest musical standards whilst participating fully in interesting and challenging stagings. I look forward to us working closely together to take further the concept of what it is to be an opera chorus in the 21st century.’

Nicholas Jenkins studied at Merton College, Oxford, Trinity College of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A trained singer, he was Chorus Master of the Chœur des Musiciens du Louvre and Interim Chorus Master to Dutch National Opera. He has also trained choirs and choruses including Chœur du Châtelet, ENO Chorus, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Grange Park Opera Chorus, Opera Holland Park Chorus, Netherlands Radio Choir, and the Philharmonia Chorus.

He has wide experience in conducting operatic and choral repertoire, including performances for La Monnaie, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Toulon, Opéra de Dijon and Paris Opéra-Comique, as well as numerous productions for New Sussex Opera and Blackheath Halls Opera. His current and recent work includes conducting Der Freischütz (Blackheath Halls), Associate Conductor / Chorus Master for La Rondine (Opera Holland Park), assistant conductor to Marc Minkowski for Armide (Wiener Staatsoper), and to Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic for Der Rosenkavalier and Tosca (Baden-Baden).

Nicholas succeeds Jeremy Bines, who will be taking up a new role as Chorus Master for Berlin’s Deutsche Oper at the end of this summer’s Festival, after eight years at Glyndebourne.