Spence, Nicky

Nicky Spence (born 1983) is a Scottish tenor performing in opera, oratorio and concerts.

Early years

Spence was born in Dumfries in 1983. According to the biography on his web site "although struggling from a broken home, he thrived in life with a huge love of performing and working in his local chippy to earn money to pay for his singing lessons." [1] Spence won his first competition at the age of 14 (the Dumfries and Galloway Young Musician of the Year Award). He was educated at Wallace Hall Academy in Thornhill and attended the National Youth Music Theatre with actor Eddie Redmayne and Theatre Director Rebecca Atkinson-Lord (theater director).

Recordings and concerts

Nicky Spence's debut album My First Love, was recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.[2] He has performed with Plácido Domingo and Kiri te Kanawa and has toured with Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Hayley Westenra, Lesley Garrett and Shirley Bassey.[3]


Away from music

Nicky Spence is a fan of Dumfries-based football club, Queen of the South F.C.[5] He is also a patron of Help the Aged and has been selected as a young spokesperson against violence in the home by the Scottish Government.[6]


  1. ^ Biography on nickyspence.com. See also: Rachel Harden, "Interview: Nicky Spence, tenor", The Church Times, Issue 7511 - 23 February, 2007
  2. ^ Geoff Brown, "Nicky Spence", The Times, 13 January 2007
  3. ^ Hugh Davies,"There's a guy works down the chip shop swears he's Pavarotti", Daily Telegraph, 7 June 2006.
  4. ^ All roles listed here are from Spence's profile on Samling.org.uk
  5. ^ Profile on Facebook
  6. ^ Biography on nickyspence.com