Nicholas Sutcliffe was raised in Auckland and studied harpsichord, conducting, and organ at the University of Auckland. While at university, Nicholas won first prize at the NZ Organ Performance Competition, and has been a featured organist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra workshopping and premiering a commissioned organ concerto. He is presently a Trustee of the Christchurch Town Hall Organ.
He was Organ Scholar of Holy Trinity Cathedral and also worked at both Dilworth School and St Cuthbert's College as organist.
Nicholas has lived in Christchurch since 2012 and is Organist & Co-Director of Choirs at Christ's College and Associate Director of Music at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. He has also previously served as Assistant Organist and Acting Director of Music of Christchurch Cathedral, as well as Acting Director of Music at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland.