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About Nicola

Saxophonist, able to provide solo performances, a duo, quartet and vocals
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Nicola discovered her love of music aged 7 when she began playing the cornet and trumpet with the South Derbyshire Music Centre. As she progressed, she discovered a passion for woodwind, and began playing the Saxophone and flute. Nicola found that this was where her true love of music lay, and she progressed rapidly, obtaining Grade 8 qualifications in Alto Saxophone and Flute. She went on to study music at the University of Huddersfield. Whilst at The University of Huddersfield, she was a member of its acclaimed Symphonic Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Phillip McCann. Nicola also played in the university's Big Band under the direction of Sean Miller Since graduation, Nicola continues to maintain her love and passion for music, and is an active freelance musician with a significant presence in the local Jazz Scene and is a member of the Musicians Union. Nicola has a passion for music education and her passion for music is infectious. She is able to work with children and adults alike, whether you have any musical background or not, Nicola will be able to get you playing and loving music!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Christmas, Classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Jazz, Blues, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Jazz fusion, Cabaret, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Pop, Covers, Soul, Top 40, Karaoke, Disco, Acoustic, Hip Hop, Tribute, Motown, Funk, Ambient pop, Americana, Funk rock, R&B, Vintage, Gospel, Ragtime, Gypsy jazz, Dixieland, Barbershop
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Event types:
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
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Musicologist, Composition teaching
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Song list

A Foggy Day
A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
A Skyful Of Stars
A String of Pearls
A String of Pearls
A Whole New World
Adventure of A Lifetime
Ain't That A Kick
Aint no Mountain High Enough
Aint That A Kick In The Head
Air Mail Special
Air on a G String
All About That Bass
All Of Me
All Of Me
All The Way
American pie
Baby Love
Beauty and the Beast
Bernies tune
Beyond The Sea
Big Spender
Bring Him Home
Call It A Day
Cant Take My Eyes
Careles Whisper (Dave Koz)
Chattanoga Choo Choo
Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
Christ was Born On Christmas Day
Christopher Columbus
Circle Of Life
Colors OF The Wind
Come Dance With Me
Come Fly With Me
Come Fly With Me
Come Ye Sons of Art
Cruella De Vil
Cry Me A River
Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy
Deck The Hall
Die A Happy Man
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Endless Love
Ex's and Oh's
Fallin' For You
Fight Song
Fly Me To The Moon
Food Glorious Food
Four Brothers
Girl From Ipanema
Girl From Ipanema
Go The Distance
God Bless' The Child
God Help The Outcasts
Good Christian Men, Rejoice
Good King Wenceslas
Gymnopedie No1
Hakuna Matata
Hark! The Herald
Harlem Nocturne
Harlem Nocturne
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Hey, Soul Sister
Hit The Road Jack
Hot Sauce
How Sweet it is
I Cant Get Started
I cant Help Myself
I Don’t Know How To Love Him
I Dreamed A Dream
I Gotta Feeling
I Head the Bells on Christmas Day
I Just Called to Say I love You
I Know Him So Well
I will Talk And Hollywood Would Listen
I Wish I knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
I'll be There
I'm Yours
If I Didn’t Have You
If I Rich Man
If I Were A Rich Man
In The Mood
In The Mood
In The Mood
Intermission Riff
It Came upon th Midnight Clear
It Don’t Mean a Thing
It Was A Very Goood Year
Ive Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
Ive Got the World On A String
Jersey Bounce
Jersy Bounce
Joy to The World
Just In Time
Kiss The Girl
Kissing A Fool
Lady Is A Tramp
Learnin' The Blues
Let It Go
Lets Get Away From It All
Lil Darlin
Londerry Air
Love Story
Love Yourself
Mack The Knife
Me and My Shadow
Mission Impossible
Mr. Bojangles
My Cherie Armour
My Funny Valentine
My Girl
My Way
Need You Now
New York New York
Nice 'n'Easy
O Christmas Tree
O Come Come Emmabuel
O Little Town of Bethlehem
One Call Away
One For My Baby
Opus One
Over The Rainbow
Pennsylvania 6-500
Poker Face
Prince Ali
Raiders March
Remember When
Round Midnight
Say Something
Send In The Clowns
Shake It Off
Shes Out of My Life
Sing We Now of Christmas
Singin' In The Rain
Sky Boat Song
Sliding Doors
Someone Like You
Somethin' Stupid
Soul Bossa Nova
Stay With Me
Stop! In the Name of Love
Stopin at the Savoy
Stranger on The Shore
Strighten Up and Fly Right
Summer Nights
Swingin' Shepherd Blus
Tequila Moon
That’s Amore
The Climb
The First Noel
The Friends
The Heart Asks Pleasure First
The Lady Is A Tramp
The Swan
The Tracks of my Tears
The Way You Look
Theme from ET
They Cant Take That Away From ME
Thinking Out Loud
Three Times a Lady
Try A Little Tnderness
Tuxedo Junction
Uptown Funk
Use Somebody
Viva La Vida
Voi Che Sapte
We Three Kings of Orient Are
We Wish You a Merry Chritmas
Well, Did You Evah
What a Wonderful World
Whats Going On
When She Loved Me
When You Believe
When You Say Nothing At All
Wouldn't It Be Loverly
Writings on The Wall
You Belong With Me
You've Reallly Got a Hold on Me
Customer questions

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

I am more than happy to flexible to accommodate your needs

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

Of course this is done free of charge

How much time do you need to set up?

I need around 30-45 minutes

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

Set lists are created from perforce experience. But I am always happy to chat through this to make sure guests have a great time

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I bring all of my own equipment for the day.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Given enough time this can be accommodated

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love how toe tapping the performance are

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Swancar Farm Wedding Venue Goosedale Wedding Venue, Nottingham Lusty Glaze Beach (Newquay), Nottingham Alrewas Hayes, Staffs The Vale Resort, Cardiff

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I am influenced by a number of jazz and pop artists. I try to get to as many live performances as possible

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

At the madness weekend at Minehead Butlins... What an atmosphere!!!


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Claire F, 4 years ago

Nicola and John, you were both absolutely amazing and made our night

Reed, 2 years ago

Just a note to say how much everyone enjoyed the music you brought to my son’s wedding at Kedleston on the 17th September. The drinks reception was jumping, what an atmosphere! Keep up the good work

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