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Nia Williams

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Pianist • composer • writer • arranger • MD • workshop leader • owner of Three Chairs and a Hat theatre company
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Oxford
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Hello! I'm a musician and writer based in Oxford. I work as a pianist/accompanist, playing for concerts, shows, recitals, workshops, exams, classes etc. I'm an Associate Artist for English National Ballet and co-run their weekly Dance for Parkinson's workshops. I also lead workshops for all ages, combining music, storytelling, creativity and movement. As well as novels and libretti, I write musicals, staged under the name Three Chairs and a Hat. My show 'Verity' won four-star reviews at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, and 'Melody' makes its West End debut in 2020.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Musical theatre, Opera, Jazz
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Accompanist
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Song list

Musicals (sole author/composer):
Daddy's Girls
Verity
Melody
Musicals (collaborations/adaptations):
Love Online
Tales of the Greeks
Smoke & Mirrors
Choral (collaboration):
Terpsichoreana
Songs (sole author/composer):
Spring
I Had A Friend
Murmuration
Songs (collaborations):
Water
After the Long Night
Cariad
Celebration
Listen
Long Ago
Love is Blind
More than I Believe
Outsider
Seasons
Separate Ways
Who Knows
Women of the World
Wonderland

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The M, 1 year ago

Nia Williams has created a veritable modern masterpiece called Verity, & she has assembled an extremely talented bunch to solidify her vision on the stage. They are like rich & fertile vineyards flourishing around a deep & entrenched lake. Together they come under the monicker ‘Three Chairs and a Hat,’ & are here in Edinburgh until only the 17th so like a handsome new lover you’ve met on a cruise they get off at the next port of call, there now exists very real pressure to see the show before they flit out of town. Verity is played by Saffi Needham, who has just spent the last year training at Guildford School of Acting, & you can really feel her mix of natural ability & erudition. She possesses a starlight-sparkling voice & also a river of charms, the vital ingredients for a leading lady. Nia’s piano playing, fingers like flickering swifts, is also pretty much perfect. The songs she accompanies are a really eclectic bunch, music & melody-wise they meander in style & mood, while Nia’s lyricism is at times pure poetry – she rhymes like a rapper. I think Cocktail City was my favorite, with the psychbabbling facebook song & the motown-inspired ‘A Little Kindness’ finale a close second – altho’ all were quality, there was no weak moment. There are also some quite complex harmonies & voice combinations which come across as if they were more a symphonic orchestra than a vocal ensemble. Verity has been jilted on her wedding night, & when we meet her she is still addicted to the bliss of love, but wandering blindly in a desert of realisiation. “What are going to do about Verity?” sing the ensemble as she sets off on her descent into drunken party-girl, stalking her ex on social-media mode. Into the action comes a meddling, match-making mother; gossipy office workers & the argumentative Ex – a brilliant mix of music-makers & storylines. If I was a visitor to the Fringe, & I wanted a musical theatre experience of high quality that reflects the influx of talent into Edinburgh – then Verity is the one. A fabulous piece on so many levels.

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Nicola L, 1 year ago

This was the second showing of new musical Melody by the Oxford-based writer and musician Nia Williams, and after seeing some of the enthusiastic feedback to the April premiere I went along to The Jam Factory with high expectations. I wasn’t disappointed. The hapless title character leads what appears to be a rather dull, solitary life with a steady job as a hotel receptionist and a penchant for buttered digestive biscuits. When she wins a free singing lesson, and with it the chance to fulfil a childhood ambition, it looks as though Melody is finally getting some excitement in her life. But her singing lesson takes a dramatic turn as she pours her heart out to the somewhat bemused singing teacher, and out tumbles one shocking revelation after another. Melody, it seems, is not quite the person we thought she was. Nia Williams is a gifted and imaginative storyteller who springs surprises on her audience with immaculate timing and delivery. The music helps create atmosphere and tension, but it is the storytelling and the witty, incisive lyrics that really triumph here. There are laughs a-plenty in this 75-minute piece, but it is also poignant, thought-provoking and utterly engrossing, with the dramatic revelations during the singing lesson turning this into a really compelling piece of theatre. Marilyn Moore injects lots of energy and sparkle into the title role, while Guy Brigg, as ‘Everyone else’, switches deftly – and often humorously – between a myriad different characters. Nia Williams provides solid support on the keyboards, technical directors John Alcock and Steve Mellin create subtle but effective lighting, and director Wayne Brown ensures a polished and lively production.