Nicholas Clapton

When not performing and teaching, I am a keen (some would say manic) gardener, I love cooking (Italian, Spanish, Magyar, you name it), I read a lot (especially nineteenth-century novels), and I am an inveterate haunter of junk-shops. Finding space for plants, books and “stuff” is a never-lessening problem.


Music and Singing

Si parla, si canta

Come and spend the month of June in the charming town of Urbania in the Italian Marches, and take part in this wonderful summer programme. Mornings are spent on Italian language, afternoons on Italian vocal repertoire. Coaching with the wonderful Bob Cowart, diction supremo at the Met Young Artists' Program since its inception, Benton Hess, Senior Lecturer at the Eastman Conservatoire, Nicole Cabell, Winner of Cardiff Singer of the World 2005, great Swedish baritone Håkan Hagegård, great Rossini tenor Chris Merritt, world-famous Italian coach Enza Ferrari, PLUS fabulous Alexander Technique lessons, excursions, ample performance opportunities, great restaurants ...

Favourite colleagues - The Locrian Ensemble

Favourite counter-tenors - James Bowman, Max Emanuel Cencic, Alfred Deller and Denis Lakey

Curious about castrati?

Curious about counter-tenors?

Male sopranos?

Three of my favourite singers, supreme examples to us all, technically and artistically - Marilyn Horne, Janet Baker and Leontyne Price

Nicola Porpora and Giovanni Adolfo Hasse, rivals of Handel in London

Dartington International Summer School - the best!

For refugees from BBC Radio 3, try Bartók Radio from Hungary (click on ÉLÕADÁS and enjoy trying to understand the announcements)

Annie Mawson's Sunbeams Music Trust, a wonderful music therapy organisation

ARCOS, a marvellous charity helping people with all kinds of communication problems

Maproom Recordings, an excellent recording studio in Oxford - friendly, high-quality, reasonable charges

Mad about plants?

The Royal Horticultural Society

For "plantaholics" (like me)

The best public garden
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The best private garden
Great Dixter

Mad about books?

Mad about art?

Budapest, my favourite city: