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NICK PEPIN: (Counter-tenor)

Nick has sung counter-tenor since the age of sixteen and now has a fast increasing solo concert career. He has held lay clerk positions in Durham, Winchester, Denver (USA) and most recently Portsmouth cathedrals, has sung solo with them on radio and TV, and toured with them to Scotland, Italy, Germany, France, Norway and the USA. With Winchester he has made numerous recordings, including a disk of Gibbons Verse Anthems (solo) with Hyperion. He has appeared at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in an Early Music performance of the Bach Magnificat. Recently he sang in St.Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel on tour with the San Francisco boys choir conducted by Jeffrey Smith.

 
     
 

Nick sings regularly as a soloist in oratorio, especially Bach and Handel. Recent engagements have included Haydn Nelson Mass with the Northern Sinfonia and with the Orchestra of the 17th Century (Washington D.C.), St Matthew Passion with Lichfield Choral Society and with Sine Nomine Ensemble (Chicago), and numerous performances of Messiah, including with the Hanover Band, with the London Mozart players, and under Nicholas Cleobury in Sweden. He has performed with Romsey and Swindon Choral Societies (St John Passion), Fareham Philharmonic Choir (Bach Magnificat), the role of David in Handel's Saul (at Sittingbourne) and the role of Cyrus in Handel's Balthazzar (at both Winchester and Petersfield festivals). Other performances have included engagements with the Parley of Instruments and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta.

 
     
 

More modern repertoire includes the countertenor solo in Bernstein Chichester Psalms which he has sung frequently, including with the London Festival Orchestra, Portsmouth Baroque Choir, with the Bach Choir under David Hill at the Winchester and Guildford festivals, and with John Birch, John Rutter and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a recreation of the first performance in Chichester cathedral. Other modern works include Arvo Part's John Passion, sung in Winchester cathedral, and Bernstein's Missa Brevis in Washington D.C.

 
     
 

As a choral singer, Nick is a member of the early music group Polyhymnia, specialising in Spanish renaissance repertoire. Performances have ranged from the Winchester International Early Music Festival, to Toledo, Spain. He is also a member of the KEMP (Knoxville Early Music Project) Tennessee, and of the upper voice ensemble (SSAA), the Countertop Quartet which is based in the U.S.A. In 1998 he sang in the Denver cathedral choir for a 6 month period whilst on a Fulbright scholarship and during 2003/2004 he lived in Washington D.C for a year working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (he is also an atmospheric scientist). Whilst in D.C. he sang at the funeral of President Reagan as a member of the National Cathedral Choir.

 
     
 

Nick has given many song recitals, accompanied by his mother, June Clark, a professional pianist and composer, throughout Europe and the USA. His song repertoire specialises in English song, ranging from the medieval period up until the 20th century (e.g. Butterworth and Quilter). His three solo CD's issued by Charlemagne Music are entitled 'Gentle Springs', 'Let us light a candle' and 'Reflections across the Pond'.

 
     
 
 
 
 
 
June & Nick with Annabelle Ellison Littleton, Denver USA
    Portsmouth Cathedral    
Nick singing Chichester Psalms in Guildford Cathedral
 
     
   
 
 
  June & Nick in rehearsal ITV Border TV interview after the Reagan funeral    
Denver Cathedral USA
 
     
       
 
  Nick (back) with Lesley Garrett          
Nick in Durham Cathedral Choir (back row, 3rd from left)
 
     
 
Colorado Daily
‘Musical ecstacy…one feels at ease with his voice because he has mastered its texture and dynamic possibilities… enhanced repeated long vowels with bursts of sunlight and joie de vivre’
 
     
 
Church Times
‘Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms…the accolade goes to the alto, whose lyrical handling of the solo part was a revelation’.
 
     
 
Winchester Herald
‘Beautiful tone quality and expressive delivery were continuing features of this young man’s performance… delicate inflections… elegantly shaped.’
 
     
 
Lichfield Cathedrals
Bach – St.Matthew Passion – ‘ the most heart-rending movements, employing a counter tenor, Nick Pepin…the effect was stunning. His aria ‘Have mercy Lord’ was a highlight of the evening.’
 
     
  Gentle Springs CD  
  Let us Light a Candle CD  
  Reflections Across the Pond CD  
     
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