Bio: Animateur / Workshop leader Nicola is a highly experienced educationalist and animateur. 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 is creating a 18 month programme of teacher training resulting in a performance at the Linbury Studio in July 2014. Other ongoing projects including conducting a choir for Music in Offices at Christie's Auctioneers and recently taking over the running of Nightingale Opera workshops at Queen Mary's Hostel in Victoria. Nicola is delighted to be a Finzi Trust Scholar to pursue her interest in researching Singing and Parkinson's.