Nicholas has made quite a name for himself in the Melbourne music scene. He is regularly commissioned and some of his works have been premiered by the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, The Australian Voices, the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the Benaud Trio and Concordis Chamber Choir. He has also written for film and television, and is co-founder of the company Composure, which has a focus on creating a unique musical voice for film, television and other multimedia projects. In 2007 he was nominated for "Best Original Song Composed for the Screen" in the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards.
He has been adjudicator of the Original Composition sections at the Dandenong Music and Arts Festival and the South Eastern Arts Festival, as well as Musical Director for Windmill Theatre Company, receiving both a Lyrebird and Music Theatre Guild nomination for Best Musical Director.
Nicholas has worked with Tina Arena on her last five Australian tours, writing new orchestral arrangements and conducting the Sydney Symphony, Queensland Symphony and West Australian Symphony Orchestras in sell-out performances. He will continue this collaboration throughout 2013.
In 2010 he conducted the Sydney Lyric Orchestra in Bernard Herrmann's horror masterpiece Psycho, which was performed alongside a screening of Hitchcock's classic film at the Sydney Opera House. He reprised this role with an encore screening as part of the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival, conducting two performances at the Regent Theatre.
Recently, Nicholas was commissioned to write an hour-long cantata mass for the centenary of the death of Mary MacKillop, and 2008 saw the premiere of his Requiem Concordia, commissioned by Concordis Chamber Choir to mark their 10th-anniversary. After a string of infamous pop covers, his long-standing affiliation with the Benaud Trio culminated in a new commission, Trailer Music , which has just been released on their debut album through Melba Recordings. He has also completed two major choral and orchestral commissions - Festival Te Deum and a new Gloria - for the Arborlawn United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
With a strong interest in sharing his love of music, one of Nicholas' newest passions has been his work with the Eltham East Primary School Choir, arguably one of Australia's premier children's choirs. His latest piece, The Man Who Planted Trees, was a specially commissioned theatre work by the choir which received its premiere in July 2010.