Music Director: Nigel Shaw A.R.C.M.

Nigel Shaw A.R.C.M.

Nigel Shaw A.R.C.M.

Nigel Shaw studied singing in Leeds with Gerald Wragg, gaining an A.R.C.M diploma and winning the Robert Tebb Memorial Prize for outstanding performance.As a student, he sang with Opera North but later joined the Scottish Opera where he performed and covered many roles.

Nigel continued with the opera companies for ten years, working throughout Britain and Europe and appearing alongside such artisits as Dame Janet Baker, Sir Thomas Allen, Dennis O’Neil and Benjamin Luxon.

During this time, cabaret work with his wife Janeen (section leader of our sopranos) was becoming a major part of his musical life. This led to lengthy engagements abroad in Gibraltar, Bahrain, Israel and Cyprus as well as throughout the UK, regularly supporting such artists as Frankie Howerd, Ray Allen, Moira Anderson, The Beverley Sisters and Russ Conway.

Notable roles…

Nigel has sung the roles of Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Figaro and Count Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronzione di Poppea, Aslan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Black Bob in Britten’s The Little Sweep and Reb Nachum in The Fiddler on the Roof. He has performed in many of the major theaters throughout Britain, including seasons in the West End (Sadler’s Wells The Dominion). He sang in a Royal Command Performance of The Fiddler on the Roof in front of H.M. The Queen and Prince Philip and also appeared in BBC TV and Radio broadcast of The Golden Cockerel by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Later career…

Nigel settled in the North in 1989 and since then has continued as a regular cabaret and concert artist. He has a busy private teaching practice, as well as being a singing teacher for many years at Bangor University. He has also worked for Ysgolion William Mathias, Rydal Penrhos School and Ysgol Eirias.

Nigel with Sant'Angelo's Mayor

Nigel with the Mayor of Sant’Angelo in Vado

Pupils have gone on to careers in Opera and the West End stage, as well as wins at the National Eisteddfod, choral scholarships, and National Youth Choirs of Wales and Great Britain.For several years he was Musical Director and Co-Producer of the sell out Pearl Shaw shows at Venue Cymru and is now busy conducting our choir. His engagements with us have included St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City in Rome, the Alte Nikolaikirche in Frankfurt’s historic Medieval quarter, the Cathedral of Sant’Angelo in Vado in Italy’s Les Marche region, various music festivals and, this year, the Mercatello Festival also in Italy.

Previous engagements include Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Handel’s Messiah and a complete performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with his wife which became his fifth recital for Rhyl Music Club.

Amici del Canto is proud to have Nigel as our Musical Director where he provides excellent musical guidance and direction as well as a keen and very dry sense of humour!