Nicholas Wibberley

Nicholas Wibberley

Nicholas lives and works in his hometown of London, UK. Other than composing, Nicholas operates mainly as a performer, choir trainer and teacher.

Nicholas is Organist and Director of Music at St John’s Church in Catford, Musical Director of Fortune Green Choir in West Hampstead, Piano and Vocal Tutor at Knole Academy in Sevenoaks and College Organist at St Dunstan’s College, South London. Before taking up his new post at John’s at Easter, Nicholas was Sub Organist and Director of the Junior Choir at Beckenham Parish Church in North Kent.

Other than his duties as a choir trainer, Nicholas’s main performances are as an organist and a singer. He has performed extensively around the UK as both a soloist and in ensemble, participated in numerous BBC radio broadcasts and been involved in five international tours. As a composer, Nicholas’ music has been performed around the UK as well as elsewhere in Europe. His first published work (a setting of the communion antiphon for Christmas) was premiered in a concert at London’s Southwark Cathedral by their resident ensemble, the Merbecke Choir, and his 2015 commission from Newcastle Cathedral (a setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for girl’s voices and organ – the Nunc Dimittis of which is being performed tonight) was premiered by the Cathedral Choir last summer. Nicholas has studied singing with David Knight and Mairaid Sheerin, organ with Peter Stevens and Margaret Phillips and conducting with Huw Morgan and Holly Mathieson.

Having previously studied theology, Nicholas recently embarked on a Degree in Music from Goldsmiths College, University of London, for which he is still studying. Although his entire life is now centred around music, traces of his past in Theology and Philosophy can be seen throughout much of Nicholas’ compositions – particularly his sacred works.

Outside the world of music, Nicholas has also worked in many other industries. Alongside administrative internships and seasonal bar and sales work, Nicholas’ main training was in the Funeral industry – in which he worked for several years when he left school. His other interests include films, food and politics as well as being a keen amateur astronomer.

On this page you will find new works by Nicholas, published exclusively by Firehead Editions . This collection of works will continually expand and will typically include works for organ solo, choral ensembles and selected chamber works. Check back often!

Click on a title to see sample pages. If you have any questions about the music, please contact the composer directly.


ORGAN WORKS

Easter Meditation: I. Prayer in the Garden

Meditation on Jesu dulcis Memoria

CHORAL MUSIC

In My Distress
(Psalm 18:6)
SATB, unaccompanied

Like as the Hart
(from Psalm 42:)
unison (div.) & organ

Newcastle Service
(Magnificat & Nunc dimittis)
trebles & organ

Nunc Dimittis
(Luke 2:29-31)
ATB, unaccompanied 

Preces and Responses
(includes the Lord’s Prayer)
SSAATTBB, unaccompanied

We Three Kings
(text by John H. Hopkins)
trebles & piano

CHAMBER WORKS

Dodecaphony:  One
2 saxophones, bongos & piano