Nicholas Danks was born in Harrow, Middlesex in 1974 into a family of professional musicians – the violist Harry Danks, grandfather; the violinist Eugene Danks, father; and the pianist Catherine Dubois, mother. He began playing the piano at the age of four, later taking up the organ and cello.
In 1993 Nicholas won an organ scholarship and a place to read music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. On graduating in 1996 he became Assistant Organist at the Royal Parish Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square; beginning an association of 12 years with the church. In 2001 Nicholas was promoted to the position of Director of Music at St Martin’s. In this role he assumed responsibility for all aspects of sacred music of the church, directing the Choir and Choral Scholars of St Martin’s 4 – 5 times a week, including for many BBC broadcasts and recordings.
In September 2008 Nicholas left St Martin’s to pursue a freelance musical career, including, for 4 years until summer 2012, the post of Director of Music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, looking after all aspects of practical music-making in the College. In addition he was for 3 years the College’s Acting Director of Academic Studies in Music. He was recently appointed as a Fellow and continues to teach the academic music students at the College and for University’s Music Faculty, specialising in Harmony and Counterpoint and Keyboard Skills. Nicholas lives in North Cornwall where, in addition to directing the Wadebridge Choral Society (to which he was appointed in 2010) he runs a local community choir, the Crackington Haven Ladies Choir, plays the organ for several local churches and teaches singing and organ. In London, Nicholas has been the Assistant Director of Music of the St Paul’s Knightsbridge Festival Choir since 2000.
Nicholas has a particular interest in British music of the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century and has published several articles in music magazines and gives frequent talks on this subject, as well as trying to perform aspects of this repertoire on the organ, piano and chorally.