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Nicky Spence

  • Tenor

Biography

Nicky Spence developed considerable experience in all operatic, recital and oratorio fields and emerged as an accomplished tenor in his own right. But on top of his obvious talent, Nicky's gift to move a wide audience alongside his generous humorous nature and infectious enthusiasm have communicated themselves to all who watch him perform an indeed, work with him. It wasn't long before Universal Records noticed this young man's dedication to classical music and his love of the Scottish Songs of his upbringing, so desperate to support his desire for a career of integrity, they signed him up to one of the biggest long-term record deals the UK has ever seen. 

The first fruits of this new exciting relationship was his debut album 'My First Love', which was recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and soared in the Classical Charts and Scottish Pop Charts earning him a nomination at the Classical Brit Awards as Young Classical Performer of the year, which led to a world-premiere performance of a special piece written for Nicky by John Rutter alongside as Placido Domingo and Dame Kiri te Kanawa and a performance before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at The Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

While performing at some of the world's best loved performance venues with the most distinguished conductors and orchestras, Nicky enjoys his mission to make classical music accessible to a wide audience with his inimitable humour, poise and freshness, which has led him to tour extensively with the likes of Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra, Lesley Garrett and he even joined Dame Shirley Bassey on her recent UK arena tour.  As Help the Aged's youngest patron, Nicky also uses his voice in his charity work, which includes being selected as a young spokesperson against violence in the home by the Scottish Government, running an arm of Howard Goodall's Big Sing Project and promoting music as a truly accessible art for all walks of life.

Although Nicky is becoming a familiar personality on radio and television as a singer and presenter alike, Nicky promotes his recordings while maintaining the discipline required of a young operatic tenor. This enables him to undertake lead roles in Opera Houses around the world while still under the tutelage of Vocal Professor John Evans, and to take on other projects such as a recent disk of Schumann Ensembles with Graham Johnson for Hyperion Records and an engagement as a writer and presenter for the critically acclaimed Insider Series on Channel 4.

 Nicky even coyly boasts the title of Scotland's 9th most eligible bachelor and so never forgetting where his roots lie, he recorded the Scottish segment of the recent Rugby World Cup Anthem and can often be found tucking into some Haggis, all 6ft and blonde of him in a fancy kilt at Wembley Stadium, Skibo Castle, Old Trafford, Hampden Park or Murrayfield offering entertainment for his Scottish side.

 So while few other artists can claim such a breadth of appeal as Nicky has demonstrated in his 25 years: Nicky Spence is certainly a legendry Scot in the making!