The Rev'd Simon Nicholls
Although born near Plymouth, most of Simon’s formative years were spent in the West Midlands. He discovered a love of organ music when he attended George Thalben-Ball’s lunchtime organ recitals with his father at Birmingham Town Hall. This love was extended to choral music, especially church music, during his education at Wolverhampton Grammar School.
Simon trained as a music teacher at Trent Park College of Education (now part of Middlesex University), playing viola in the college orchestra under Elgar Howarth and singing in the college choir and other smaller groups. Amongst all that, he met Rosemary, to whom he is now married.
A brief teaching career was followed by 20 years in the IT industry in both the public and private sectors before the call to ordination could no longer be resisted. Simon trained for ordained ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and was ordained in Coventry Cathedral in 2000. He served his curacy in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, during which time he reconnected with his earlier love of choral music through his association with the choir at St. Nicolas Parish Church and through occasional leading of mid-week Evensong at Coventry Cathedral.
Simon is now Rector of the Markfield Benefice, a group of five churches in West Leicestershire. He completed an MA in Pastoral Theology in 2008. His musical tastes are wide-ranging and Octave provides him with a rewarding outlet for his musical enthusiasm. His other interests include inter-faith relations, learning Spanish, reading foreign crime fiction, railway history, skiing and watching cycling and American Football.