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-decreasing problem.


Music and Singing

Favourite counter-tenors - James Bowman, Max Emanuel Cencic, Alfred Deller, Kangmin Justin Kim, Yuri Minenko and Denis Lakey

Three of my favourite singers, supreme examples to us all, technically and artistically - Lina Bruna Rasa, Janet Baker and Shirley Verrett

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

Dartington International Summer School - the best!

Benslow Music - year-round courses for performers of all abilities.

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


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: