Animateur / Workshop leader
Nicola is a highly experienced educationalist and animateur. Ongoing projects include Opera for All (2015-17), an outreach project bringing opera to costal areas around Britain in collaboration with Garsington Opera. She is conducting a choir called the D' Vine Singers, formerly part of Christchurch Canterbury University's Wellbeing and Singing programme. She is running weekly workshops for the homeless at the Passage for Streetwise Opera. Added to this she is one of the vocal coaches for the Royal Opera House Community Choir in Thurrock. In 2014, Nicola was awarded a Scholarship from the Finzi Trust to pursue research into Singing and Parkinson's. She currently has a residency at Aldeburgh Music and is running a series of training courses for future leaders working with Singing and Parkinson's. The next is January 2017. Nicola is also running her own Parkinson's groups in Pimlico and Chatham. Follow her progress at nicolawydenbach.wordpress.com

Experience

She trained as a workshop leader at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh under the guidance of Mary King and Stephen Langridge. She is a regular leader for Streetwise Opera who work within the homeless sector and recently worked on their RPS award winning performance, Secret Heart, at the Southbank. She has also been a mentor for the BBC on their project Go Sing!, which encouraged the setting up and running of choirs in primary schools in Westminster. She has also worked on projects for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera, Aldeburgh Productions, Islington Arts and Sing Up!. In 2011, Nicola was asked to be a guest artist for Youth Music's search for national choir to perform at the Cultural Olympiad. Throughout 2012, Nicola was Musical Director for one of Glyndebourne Young Voices outreach projects.

In 2013 Nicola is Musical Director for Aldeburgh's Albert Herring Feasts, a series of celebrations throughout Suffolk with community choirs and youth groups based and inspired by Britten's Albert Herring. As Vocal Director for the Royal Opera House's Voice of the Future programme 2013-14, Nicola created a 18 month programme of teacher training resulting in a performance with the teachers in July 2014. Nicola has also been one of the leaders of the Trailblazer Project for the Royal Opera House Thurrock and a leader for Nightingale Opera workshops at Queen Mary's Hostel in Victoria. She was also an animateur on the Freedom Game for Surrey Arts at the Royal Festival Hall, celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta.



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