Alison Nicholls and James Gilchrist (tenor)
"The best thing I've heard in years!"

Sir David Lumsden after a recital including the World Premiere of Roth's "Romantic Residues" Bury St Edmunds performance 2001

Since becoming a full-time professional singer in 1996 James Gilchrist has established a reputation as one of the most sought after soloists on the concert platform.


Alison & James have enjoyed success at Festivals and other venues around the UK, and performed for the World Harp Congress in Dublin (2006) where they showcased repertoire written for them. Their partnership has inspired several important new works; they have given the World premieres of works by Susan Botti, Jonathan Eato, Nicola LeFanu, Alec Roth & Howard Skempton.

Add to these contemporary names the likes of Berkeley, Britten, Caplet, Debussy, Fauré, Trevor Hold, Elizabeth Maconchy, Ronald Stevenson, Ravel, Tournier, Schubert... and you begin to see why this innovative duo is one of the most engaging and accomplished you are likely to hear.

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hear them perform:

Romantic Residues by Alec Roth, a setting of poetry by Vikram Seth (renowned author of "A Suitable Boy")


Music: James Gilchrist and Alison Nicholls, Brighton Festival 2004

by Mike Howard

"Tucked away in the series of lunchtime concerts at the Pavilion Theatre have been real gems.

One of the best so far this year has been the recital by tenor James Gilchrist and harpist Alison Nicholls.

He has a voice that charms, soothes and which can move an audience to tears. He acts with style and passion which at times can sear the soul.

Nicholls is at the forefront of the new generation of harpists and is not afraid to move away from the French music that so dominates the instrument's repertoire.

This was a recital to both charm and move and one that could have continued for a good while longer than its 70 minutes. "

James & Alison have enjoyed rave reviews for their recording for Hyperion, "Romantic Residues" . For reviews and to purchase, follow this link: