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International Saxophonist as heard live on BBC2 and BBC Radio 3, specializing in pop, jazz and improvising.
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Nicholas is a saxophonist, clarinetist, improviser, composer and blogger. Nicholas graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a 1st Class Honours Degree in 2017. Through an array of line-ups, Nicholas regularly plays at many venues across the city including Symphony Hall, Town Hall, CBSO Centre and Ana Rocha Bar & Gallery as well as having been heard at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Trondheim Jazz Festival, Southport Jazz Festival, at Oxford University, Live on BBC2 and BBCR3.

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25 gigs
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Jazz, Pop, Christmas, House, Electronic, Ambient, Deep house, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Gypsy jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, World music, Bollywood, Asian music, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Cuban music, Indian music, Latin, Spanish music, Salsa, Ibiza club, EDM, Electronica, Garage, Jungle, Triphop, 1990s era music, 1980s era music
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Orchestrator, Transcription, Ableton Live, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy, Community music worker, Musicologist, MC, Live looping, Examiner
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Song list

From This Moment On - Shania Twain
I Look To You - Whitney Houston
This City - Sam Fischer
Lonely - Justin Bieber
A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
You Broke Me First - Tate McRae
Feelings - LAUV
Passionfruit - Drake
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Despacito - Justin Bieber
Attention - Charlie Puth
Thousand Years - Christina Perry
Happier - Bastille
These Days - Jess Glynn
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
All of Me - John Legend
Bailando - Enrique Englesias
Ibiza - Various
7 Years - Lukas Graham
Human Nature - Michael Jackson
The A Team - Ed Sheeran
All of Me
Fly Me To The Moon
In A Sentimental Mood
Embraceable You
I'll Be Seeing You
Blue Moon
The Girl From Ipanema
But Beautiful
St. Thomas
The Nearness of You
Bye Bye Blackbird
There Is No Greater Love
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Nick's musical talents helped us to create the atmosphere and ambience we were looking for at our wedding and nothing was too much for him. All of our guests commented at how impressed they were with him. He played great background music, and then helped us get the party started in the evening by playing along with our chosen playlist.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

BBC Two, BBC Radio Three, BBC Radio Two, Channel 4, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Trondheim Jazz Festival, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Birmingham Town Hall, Royal Shakespeare Company.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

There are too many to tell!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Live on BBC Two Saturday night television. I was featured soloist alongside the Birmingham Royal Ballet as part of "Shakespeare Live from the RSC" Celebrating 400 years since Shakespeare. Other notable performers included Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant and Eddie Redmayne.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know and I'm sure we'll be able to figure something out.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free so the music continues if I'm taking a break. If you'd like a DJ service via my PA after the final set , I can provide this for an additional fee.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for my live performance!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests enjoy the music and have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure I find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument and have a full PA system suitable for the biggest to the smallest of venues.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account the time it might take to learn it.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£450
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From Encore customers:

Moira L
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Nicholas was amazing ! Punctual, professional, polite and played brilliantly. Perfect for my daughters wedding . Thank you Nicholas.

Adam T
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Excellent from start to finish Played all the songs we wanted throughout the ceremony and then played beautifully during the welcome drinks/canapes

Neepa P
1 year ago
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4.8 out of 5

Loved Nicholas. Wanted to hear more!!

Terri F
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Nicholas was absolutely amazing! Would highly recommend him!

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From other customers:

Charlotte C
3 years ago, for a Wedding in Desborough Rd
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding yesterday, there was lots of amazing feedback from our guests. A great verity of songs played, we were so pleased with how it all went even a week on from our wedding our guests are still texting saying how good you were. Thank you again

4 years ago

Everyone couldn't stop going on about how brilliant Nicholas was!

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