Nicholas Kirby-Johnson is twelve years old (2003) and is currently at school in Ascot. In September 2004, he will be moving to Tonbridge School in Kent as a music scholar. He has won numerous prizes in local music festivals and was accepted into the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain in July 2002.
He has performed widely with choirs, ensembles and also as a soloist, recently performing with the Orchestra of St. Johns in the Reading Concert Hall and as Ham in the Berkshire Young Musician's Trust production of Britten's Noye's Fludde at the Albert Hall. Nicholas is also accomplished at the Violin and Piano and enjoys swimming, cross-country running and rugby.
Nicholas appeared on the BBC in Benjamin Britten's opera 'The Turn Of The Screw' as Miles. He also appeared in the same opera on-stage at the prestigous Cheltenham Music Fesival, and starred in the Young's Fish advert singing their signature folk song 'Thou Shalt Have A Fishy'. He has also played the shepherd boy in Tosca at the St. Endellion Music Festival.
Nicholas Kirby-Johnson Richard Hickox, Mark Padmore, Lisa Milne, Catrin Wyn Davies, Diana Montague, Nicholas Kirby-Johnson, Caroline Wise
Written in 1954, Benjamin Britten's opera based on Henry James' tale, written in 1898, is a story with a sinister undertone. In this film of the opera we return to the late 19th Century setting of the original story, Fulbeck Hall in Lincolnshire. The ghostly atmosphere of the music is perfectly re-created by clever lighting techniques and faded colours of the costumes.