Hailing from Suffolk, Katherine Nicholson studied Modern Languages before turning to singing as a career. Katherine sings with many of the UK and Europe’s premiere music ensembles, regularly appearing with the BBC Singers, performing amongst others: Handel Dixit Dominus, Poulenc Figure Humaine, Stravinsky Threni, and at the Last Night of the Proms. As a member of Philharmonia Voices, she performed Vaughan-Williams A Pilgrim’s Progress, Messiaen La Transfiguration de notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ and step-out solos in Stravinsky Mass. She has appeared with contemporary music specialists Exaudi at the Aldeburgh Festival singing Birtwistle’s Latin Motets; with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for performances of The Creation and The Seasons; with the Eric Whitacre Singers in the UK and on their US Tour; with Tenebrae to sing Rachmaninov Vespers and Liturgy of St John Chrysostom; with the early music specialists Stile Antico for a US tour; and with Collegium Vocale Gent across Europe, performing works such as Mendlessohn Die Erste Walpurgisnacht, Beethoven Missa Solemnis and Bruckner Mass in E Minor. For a change of scene, she performs with The Heritage Orchestra, singing with artists such as Goldie and These New Puritans.
She took part in the creation of the award-winning Bloed en Rozen: The song of Jeanne and Gilles directed by Guy Cassiers at the Toneelhuis Antwerp and in the Cour d’Honneur at the Festival D’Avignon, thereafter touring to Paris and Luxembourg.
Recent ensemble projects included: European tours of Haydn, Schubert and Handel with Collegium Vocale Gent; a rare concert performance of Birtwistle’s Yan Tan Tethera and a thrilling version of Reich’s Desert Music with Britten Sinfonia; a recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with The Kings Consort, and the extensive Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals series with the Philharmonia.
In January 2018, Katherine takes up a position as a full-time member of the BBC Singers.
She is one half of a duo with the talented American pianist Anyssa Neumann. 2017/8 will see them performing their programme exploring American 20th-Century Art Song in various venues in London, Brighton and Paris, France.
Equally at home of the solo platform, recent solo appearances include Purcell Ode for St Cecilia (1692), Vivaldi Gloria, J.S. Bach Weihnachtsoratorium, St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Handel Messiah, Dixit Dominus and Israel in Egypt, C.P.E.Bach Magnificat, Mozart Requiem, Rachmaninov Vespers and Copland In The Beginning, and Pergolesi and Scarlatti Stabat Mater(s) with the soprano Rachel Ambrose Evans for the Martindale Sidwell Memorial Recital.