BESTSELLING classical artist Nicky Spence will be returning to Ely on Friday (11) after a year of successful debuts in some of the world’s most distinguished opera houses.

Praised recently in the Daily Telegraph for possessing ‘a tenor voice of real distinction’, Twice Classical Brit Nominated Nicky Spence is fast emerging as one of the UK’s finest young singers. He is currently a young principal tenor at the English National Opera and has collaborated with orchestras such as the Philharmonia and the BBC Concert Orchestra. His debut album hit the top spot of the Classical Charts and his recent performance in the leading part of Brian in Nico Muhly’s MET commissioned opera Two Boys, which received its world première at the Coliseum, gained him uniformly outstanding reviews.

Accompanied by pianist Andrew Matthews-Owen, who performs with a host of celebrity performers around the world, Nicky will be singing music by Finzi, Britten,Vaughan Williams, Tosti and Verdi at the King’s Ely Recital Hall on Friday.

Director of Music Ian Sutcliffe said: “Following Nicky’s visit to Ely in 2010, we have been inundated with requests from local residents to invite him back. Despite being in high demand on both the Classical and Operatic stage, he has agreed and will also be holding a masterclass on Saturday (12).

“As well as having a divine tenor voice, he is one of the most entertaining performers of his generation and we are delighted to have him back on stage here at King’s Ely.”

The performance will be held on Friday May 11 at 7.30pm in the King’s Ely Recital Hall. Tickets are available from the Music School on 01353 653931 or on the door, priced £12.00, £11.00 concessions, £6.00 children. The masterclass will take place on Saturday May 12 at 9.30am. For further information please email

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