Notes From the Corner
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Nicki was 16 when she first played for a ballet class. A local dance school with girls in tunics, chairs to hold in place of a barre, and trips up to London for exams. It fed into an already growing passion for music and dance. The teacher Mrs Barnet was a tour de force of the old school but brilliant, bonkers, and with a passion for music. She passed on priceless knowledge and inspiration, and now 25 years later Nicki is one of the most in-demand dance musicians in the UK. As a specialist class musician Nicki is now a regular fixture at The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Rambert, Michael Clark Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, and all the various Matthew Bourne companies
Her other credits over the years include Carlos Accosta and Friends (London Coliseum), Russian Ballet Icons Gala (Royal Opera House), American Ballet Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Black, Northern Ballet, DV8, American In Paris (Dominion Theatre London), Royal Opera (dance auditions), Rambert Orchestra, The Royal Academy Of Dance and English National Opera. She has also worked with most of the major London ballet and dance schools.
For the last 5 years Nicki has been engaged by the Jette Parker Young Artists Program at the Royal Opera House as teacher and mentor to ballet pianist students. Every summer she works on the Professional Dancers' Teaching Diploma at Dance at Royal Academy of Dance as pianist and advisor and regularly has private pupils looking for insight into playing for dance.
Amongst all this dance work Nicki has worked in many other areas. For many years she was a regular on the Musical Theatre scene, and credits as Musical Director and keyboard player include Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Fame (Aldwych Theatre), 42nd Street (National Tour), 7 Brides For 7 Brothers (Haymarket), Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour), High School Musical (National Tour), Chess (International Anniversary Tour), and Shoes (Sadlers Wells)
Nicki has also been a regular on the jazz, cabaret and open mic scene in London performing regularly at Cafe de Paris, Brasserie Vedel, Cafe Royal (Black Cat Cabaret) and Kettners (Soho).
For 10 years Nicki was pianist and assistant to the singing teacher Ian Adam and had the pleasure of helping prepare many wonderful artists for their performances. These include Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd dir. T.Burton); Alicia Silverstone (Love's Labours Lost dir. K.Branagh); Jeremy Irons (Last night of The Proms); Courtney Love (Later With Jools Holland); Michael Crawford (Las Vegas); Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Man Of La Mancha, Broadway); and Twiggy (Lucille Lortel Theatre NY).
In 2011 Nicki was engaged as Musical Director of Tottenham Community Choir. Six years later the choir continues to thrive. With over 80 members the choir has performed at a wide range of venues including The St Pancras Church (London), the Rafael Gallery (V&A Museum), Hackney Empire and the Bernie Grant Theatre, Tottenham.
Nicki is a passionate advocate of live music in all arenas, and is hugely excited to be able to offer this scarce opportunity to share her experiences in the dance studio with other artists. There are very few collaborative environments where freedom of expression and demand for creativity are more welcome or more appropriate.