Nicholas Forbes


  1. Programme details to be announced

Nick Forbes,  one of New Zealand’s most versatile young performers, currently works as a freelance conductor, accompanist and music teacher throughout Auckland.  He began organ lessons as a chorister at Christchurch Cathedral and was organ scholar of Christ’s College before spending a year as a music teacher at Canterbury Cathedral in the UK.  Returning to New Zealand, he was appointed Director of Music at College House and sub-organist of Christchurch Cathedral.  He subsequently moved to Auckland, where he completed a music degree at Auckland University, specialising in organ and historic keyboard with John Wells and James Tibbles and conducting with Dr Karen Grylls.

Nick has been a music teacher and organist at King’s College, where he conducted the school’s award-winning choir All the King’s Men.  Currently, he is the Assistant Director of Music at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland and the Musical Director of the North Shore Chorale.  A former member of the National Youth Choir, Nicholas sings in the national chamber choir Voices New Zealand and is a member of Voices of the Age of Discovery.

Nick has conducted the Auckland University Chamber Choir in concert at the Auckland Festival, as well as directing several university operas, including Britten’s Albert Herring and Dorothy Buchanan’s Miss Brill.  From 2010 to 2012 he was the organ scholar and later assistant conductor of the Auckland chamber choir Musica Sacra and has been active as a repetiteur with NBR New Zealand Opera and Opera Factory.  For several years, he directed the Coca-Cola Choir at the Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.  He has also been an active participant in the Symphony Australia Conductor Training Programme.

The organ concert is free to all concert goers who have a ticket for the
APO Bayleys Great Classics concert at 7.30pm

The organ concert will begin at 6.00 pm

Amber Read will give the APO pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm
and the APO concert will start at 7.30 pm

Click here to read more about the APO’s concert: “ Sounding the Horn ”