The English tenor, Nicholas Keay, began his musical education as a chorister in Westminster Cathedral Choir in 1967 and has been singing ever since. Despite the decision to read Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London, it was always likely that music, not science, would end up playing a major part in his life. After a spell working for William Hill he went on to study music at Trinity College in London.
Following his music studies, Nicholas Keay had a successful application to rejoin the Cathedral Choir, of which he has now been a member for 23 years (as of 2006); man and boy. He is also a member of several other professional choirs: most notably The King's Consort (Director: Robert King), Monteverdi Choir (Director: John Eliot Gardiner), London Voices (Director: Terry Edwards) and Retrospect Ensemble (Director: Matthew Halls), and is co-director of Cantores Missae - a group that provides the music for Tridentine Masses, and whose debut CD was released in 2006.. He spends much of his time recording, broadcasting and touring with these various groups, with three major concert programmes in the USA in 2006 and 2007.
Nicholas Keay also has a flourishing career as a soloist, often singing the Evangelist in the J.S. Bach's Passions, but more usually tackling the more dramatic repertoire - Verdi, Puccini etc. In 2004, he he was delighted to be asked to sing the title role in Benjamin Britten's St Nicolas, a favourite of every tenor, with the Aeolian Singers in St John's church, Boxmoor..