Maria Nicol

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About Maria

I am a vocalist who covers a variety of famous Jazz compositions, Pop songs and French songs, as well as my original songs.

Originally from Russia, I started studying music at the age of 6 at a local music school. Initially, I studied singing and piano and - later on - musical theory, the history of music and choir conducting. By the age of 19, I discovered the old Jazz recordings and fell in love with the sincerity of this music and its emotional freedom. I then entered the department of Jazz and Contemporary music at the College of Music named after Tchaikovsky. While undertaking 4 years of study, I deepened my musical experience by attending jam nights, meeting with wonderful musicians and singing at Jazz clubs with various band combinations. My biggest achievement at the time was employment with the Ekaterinburg Theatre of Variety Arts as a vocalist for the big band; I worked there for 2 years. A few months before my graduation, I travelled to Moscow to take part at the Jazz Voices Festival. I adored the hustle and bustle of this large, vibrant capital city and I was struck by the mastery and creativity of musicians that I met. I decided to stay there and take private lessons of Jazz singing and improvisation and then shortly entered the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, which is one of the oldest and the most famous musical high schools in Russia. A few years passed and it was all change again. I relocated to start a new life in Devon, England. I have lived in the South West of England now for many years and made it my home. Since relocating, I've had a few exciting projects. These include founding and managing a local choir; teaching singing to children and adults in private lessons; organising and participating in local concerts and musical events, including those for a local charity; performing as a wedding and event entertainer. My main aim is to promote the beauty of live music and true emotions that a simple genuine sound can bring. I now aim to promote the beauty of live music and true emotions that it brings. During the era of electronic music, I prefer live instruments and a simple genuine sound.

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Maria's Reviews

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Nataliya K
4 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Torquay
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5 out of 5

We recently held a Christmas themed evening in our pub in Exeter and invited Maria to sing a set of Christmas songs. Maria was very professional. She arrived and finished on time. She performed a wonderful selection of festive songs. Her performance was brilliant and she looked lovely. I can definitely recommend Maria Nicol as an event singer.

Trevor T
4 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Exwick Rd
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5 out of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed listening to the beautiful, festive singing of Maria at The Thatched House in Exeter at Christmas time.

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Maria's Song list

Live music could be a sophisticated and entertaining addition to your special day. My repertoire includes a variety of Jazz, Pop and French songs, as well as my original songs.
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A-Tisket, A-Tasket (A Little Yellow Basket)
At Last
Aqua de Beber
Autumn Leaves
Besame Mucho
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Black Orpheus (Orpheo Negro)
Blue Moon
Body and Soul
By Mir Bist Do Schoen
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cheek to Cheek
Cry Me a River
Don't Know Why (Norah Jones cover)
Diamonds are the Girls Best Friends
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Easy To Love
Embraceable You
Ev'ry Day I Have the Blues
Fly Me to the Moon
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
Girl from Ipanema
Give Me the Simple Life
Hallelujah I love Him So
Hit the Road Jack
How Insensitive
I Know Why (And so Do You)
Imagine My Frustration
In a Sentimental Mood
It Might As Well Be Spring
It’s All Right with Me
It's Only a Paper Moon (Natalie Cole cover)
I Wanna be Loved by You (Marilyn Monroe cover)
I Wish You Love
Let’s Do It
Like Someone in Love
Love For Sale
Love is Here to Stay
Lullaby of Birdland
Mambo Italiano
Moon River
Mr Paganini (You'll Have to Swing It)
My Favourite Things
My Funny Valentine
My One and Only Love
Nice Work if You Can Get It
Night & Day
No More Blues
One Note Samba
Orange Coloured Sky
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Over The Rainbow
Quisaz, Quisaz, Quisaz (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)
Puttin on the Ritz
Round Midnight
Route 66
So Easy to Love
Sometimes I Wonder Why (Etta James cover)
Speak Low
Summer Samba (So Nice)
Taking a Chance On Love
The Man I Love
The Nearness of You
The Shadow of Your Smile
The Very Thought of You
Theme There Eyes
This Masquerade
Turn Me On (Norah Jones cover)
Until I Met You (Diane Schuur cover)
What a Wonderful World
Why Don’t You Do Right
You’ve Changed
A Sky Full of Stars (Coldplay cover)
Calling you (Barbara Streisand cover)
China in Your Hand
Dancing Queen
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Half the World Away (Aurora Cover)
Have I Told you Lately That I Love You
Heaven (DJ Sammy slow version cover)
Hot Stuff
How Long Will I Love You (Ellie Goulding cover)
I don't Wanna Fall in Love (Chris Isaac cover)
I Feel the Earth Move (Carole King cover)
I'm Kissing You (Des'ree cover)
I’m Not the Only One (Sam Smith cover)
Isn't She Lovely (Steve Wonder cover)
It's Too Late (Carole King cover)
I Will Survive
La Isla Bonita
Libertango (I've seen that face before. Grace Jones cover)
Life (Des’ree cover)
Lovefool (The Cardigans cover)
Love is a Loosing Game
Make You Feel My Love (Adele cover)
Mamma Mia
My Melancholy Blues (Freddie Mercury cover)
Out of Reach (Gabrielle cover)
Overjoyed (Stevie Wonder cover)
Proud Mary
Run to You (Whitney Houston cover)
Salma Ya Salama
September (Earth, Wind & Fire cover)
She's Got It
Smooth Operator (Sade cover)
So Far Away (Carole King cover)
Someone Like You (Adele cover)
Somewhere Only We Know (Lily Allen cover)
Spanish Guitar (Tony Braxton cover)
Stand by Me
Staying Alive
Take a Bow (Madonna cover)
Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton cover)
Time After Time
True Colours
Walking on Sunshine
You are the Sunshine of My Life
Champs Elysees (Joe Dassin cover)
Homme et une Famme (Francis Lai)
Joe le Taxi (Vanessa Paradis cover)
Je Ne Regrette Rien (Edith Piaf cover)
Je Ne Pourrai Pas Vivre sans Toi (I Will Wait for You – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
Je suis Malade (Dalida cover)
La Belle Dame Sans Regrets (Sting cover)
La Mer (Somewhere Beyond the Sea)
La Valse de Lilas (Once Upon a Summertime)
La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf cover)
Le Moulins de Mon Coeur (The Windmills of Your Mind – Michel Legrand)
Mademoiselle Chante le Blues (Patricia Kaas cover)
Milord (Edith Piaf cover)
Padam Padam (Edith Piaf cover)
Paroles (Dalida cover)
Sous le Ciel de Paris (Edith Piaf cover)
Tombe la Neige (Salvatore Adamo cover)
Une Vie d'Amour (Charles Aznavour)
Christmas Songs
Half the World Away (Aurora Cover)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Let It Snow
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Santa Baby
Somewhere Only We Know (Lily Allen cover)
White Christmas
Classical Songs
Ave Maria - Shubert
Ave Maria – Bach / Gounod
Vocalise – Rachmaninov
Jazz, Contemporary Christian, Film / TV music, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Disco, World music, French music
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Wedding, Recording session, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Community music worker
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