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Nigel Short

Nigel Short


Award-winning conductor Nigel Short has built up an enviable reputation for his recording and live performance work with leading orchestras and ensembles across the world. 

A singer of great acclaim, Nigel was a member of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers from 1994–2000. Upon leaving the group, he formed Tenebrae, a virtuosic choir that embraced his dedication to passion and precision. Tenebrae is the first-ever ensemble to be multi-nominated in the same category for the BBC Music Magazine Awards (2012), securing the accolade of Best Choral Performance for the choir’s recording of Victoria’s Requiem Mass, 1605. Under his direction, Tenebrae has enjoyed collaborations with orchestras and instrumentalists of various musical genres and now enjoys a reputation as one of the world’s finest choral ensembles. 

To date, Nigel has conducted the Aurora Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble and, for Baroque repertoire, The English Concert. He has directed the London Symphony Orchestra with Tenebrae in a live recording of Fauré’s Requiem, which was nominated for the Gramophone Awards (2013) having been described as “devastatingly beautiful... the very best Fauré Requiem on disc”. Since then, he has conducted the orchestra alongside Tenebrae for a sold-out performance in St. Paul’s Cathedral as part of the City of London Festival (UK). Other orchestral recordings include Mozart’s Requiem and Ave Verum Corpus with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and two discs of music by Will Todd with the English Chamber Orchestra


Nigel has conducted recordings for many of the world’s major record labels including Decca Records, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, LSO Live, Signum and Warner Classics.