Nicola Gerrard

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Nicola is a highly experienced professional flautist, noted for her creative and innovative playing style and ability to communicate.
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Nicola is a highly experienced professional flautist, noted for her creative and innovative playing style and ability to communicate with her audience. She is is available for weddings, functions, recitals and teaching in Cheshire and the North West and performances throughout the UK. Having studied Music at Sheffield University she went on to complete her Masters degree including research and performance on the baroque flute, before training at the Royal Northern College of Music with Peter Lloyd and Rachel Brown. During her studies she won a number of prizes including the Mrs Stewart Blake Recital Prize. Nicola has established a busy and successful career as a freelance flautist on both baroque and modern flute. She regularly performs on BBC Radio 4 as part of the Daily Service programme and has made numerous appearances on television. She has been first flute with the New English Orchestra since 1995, regularly touring with them to Salzburg during the world-famous International Music Festival and to Rome, and has contributed to several professional recordings by them. She plays baroque flute as a core member of Dei Gratia (a professional baroque ensemble) and is often invited to play with the London-based All Souls Orchestra. As a soloist, Nicola has recorded three flute CDs where she performs on baroque, alto and modern flute, as well as the piccolo, with a mix of classical baroque, and contemporary styles. She has also established her own ‘Sunday Afternoon Concert Series’ called ‘Flute and Friends” as well as very popular Advent Musical Meditations. She lives in High Legh, Cheshire with her husband and two daughters, where she runs her own business, ‘High Legh Flutes’ which ‘deals with all matters flute’ and involves performing, teaching, repairing and advising on any aspect of flute playing.

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Nicola's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Julia A
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Nicola's playing added such beauty, sensitivity and grace to my late mother’s funeral service. Nicola took time in advance, selecting the most suitable songs and working out the best way to perform them. This resulted in her playing some of my mother’s favourite music with great timing and sensitivity for the occasion. Nicola also went beyond our expectations by accompanying our chosen hymns. We received so many wonderful compliments from attendees about her playing, which was simply breathtaking. It is clear that she raised the spirits of the mourners at a difficult time. She is an absolute pleasure to deal with, from hiring through to performance; a truly remarkable and professional musician. If you need a flutist, do not hesitate to hire Nicola, she will meet all your expectations and more.

Reply from Nicola
6 months ago

Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure.

Helen T
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you Nicola. Having you play at Dad’s funeral was so very special. I have received many lovely comments & compliments to pass on to you. Dad’s final farewell was perfect….❤️

Reply from Nicola
6 months ago

Thank you so much. It is always a joy to bless people with my music.

Lewis H
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Nicola was truly great throughout the ceremony. Really improvised we asked for 1 song really being played for when we was walking down the isle but as we booked for 1hr/45 mins. Nicola also played for the guests entrance of guests and exit. Truly a great professional and the performance was a class act. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for anything similar, A moment we will treasure forever and Nicola played a massive part. We will recommend to any family friends looking to get married in the future.

Reply from Nicola
1 year ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was a joy to be a part of your celebration.

Mabel M
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant. Thank you so much Nicola for making my event a success. You and the team absolutely smashed it! Will highly recommend. Thank you once again

Reply from Nicola
1 year ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure.

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From other customers:

Dave W

Dave and I would like to say a huge thank you for playing so beautifully at our wedding. Listening to the flute during the signing of the resister and support the organ with the hymns really added a very special touch to the service. Many of our guests commented on their enjoyment of the playing and the quality. It helped create a magical atmosphere in the cosy chapel. We are most grateful for you putting together such a lovely programme and for you professionalism. We would recommend to any one who wants that extra special addition to their event to consider a recital by Nicola. Many many thanks again. We were truly delighted.

Claus W

I would like to give you many thanks again for this wonderful performance last Saturday night. Now I#m listening to you CDs. I like them very much. The collection of titles is very nice and I'm sure that I will use them as background music in spiritual, meditative an creative coaching-sessions. Thank God and thank you for this beautiful music.

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Nicola's Song list

Bach Sonata in E Minor
Bach Sonata in E Major
Telemann Fantasias
Handel Sonatas
Debussy Syrinx
CPE Bach Hamburger Sonata
Widor Suite
Chopin Theme and Variations
Faure Sicilienne
Faure Fantasie
Ian Clarke Orange Dawn
Briccialdi Carnival of Venice
Bach Menuet and Badinerie
Gabriel's Oboe
English Country Garden
Teddy Bear's Picnic
Contemporary Christian Music
Mozart Andante
Borne Carmen Fantasy
Rhonda Larson Be Still My Soul
Trad. Amazing Grace
Trad. Londonderry Air
Donizetti Sonata in C
Benjamin Godard Suite
Telemann Suite in A minor
Bach Suite in B minor

Nicola's Prices

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£180
Up to 3 hours£180
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