Nicky Spence’s unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty of his musicianship and communication have earned him a place at the top of the classical music profession. Following a wonderful masterclass at the end of last year, we are now pleased to announce that he will be joining our Vocal Studies and Opera departments as Visiting Professor.

Nicky's first engagement in his new role will be a Q&A session with our postgraduate vocal studies students on Friday 28 April, where he will share his insights into the world of professional singing. In May, Nicky will return for voice and piano coaching sessions, again with our postgraduate students.

Kate Paterson, Head of Vocal Studies, commented:

'Nicky Spence is undoubtedly one of the most exciting singers of his generation. We are thrilled that he has accepted our invitation to join the Academy team as Visiting Professor. Nicky has a wealth of experience and special communicative abilities. His work with our young singers will be inspirational and informative as they prepare for the next steps in their professional lives.'

Nicky Spence sings internationally, appears in concert extensively and records prolifically. Upcoming appearances include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Janáček Brno International Festival, a new Ring Cycle at La Monnaie and Thomas Ades at Opera de Paris. Nicky is President Elect of the Independent Society of Musicians, and will take up the position in the 2024/25 Season. The BBC Music Magazine awarded him “Personality of the Year” in 2022, and in 2020 he won the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award as well as Gramophone’s Solo Vocal Award.