With Aurora Orchestra Nicholas leads the New Moves series, a unique three-year cross-arts residency at LSO St Luke’s which has included critically acclaimed collaborations with capoeira, film, theatre, tango, and literature. With innovative programming, one recent concert Jealous Guy juxtaposed composers, Purcell, Piazzolla, Lennon, Mahler and Bernstein. Nicholas and Aurora have also been part of the Mozart and Brahms Unwrapped seasons at Kings Place and in 2013 Bach Unwrapped. Also at Kings Place, a concert featuring the works of Nico Muhly launched the CD Seeing is Believing on Decca to critical acclaim.
In addition to his work with Aurora, Nicholas is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor with other ensembles in the UK and abroad. Last year Nicholas made his debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, BBC Scottish Symphony and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. In 12/13 he had reinvitations to the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and BBC National Orchestra of Wales and debuts include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Bournemouth Symphony, Academy of Ancient Music, Auckland Philharmonia and Ensemble Intercontemporain. Future debuts include Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, Bamberg Symphony and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
In 2012 Nicholas made his debuts with English National Opera The Magic Flute and Welsh National Opera Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream at Welsh National Opera and will conduct The Rape of Lucretia with Glyndebourne on Tour in the autumn of 2013.