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Lunchtime Concert

23rd Aug 2016 1pm - 23rd Aug 2016 2pm Event Type: Concert

Lunchtime performance by Nicola Hands (oboe/cor anglais). Admission is free but a retiring collection will be taken to help defray costs.


2 Fantasy pieces for oboe and piano - Nielsen

'Foglio d'album' for piano - Puccini

'Danse des sylphes' for piano - Grieg

Oboe sonata - Rubbra

'Pavane pour une infante defunte' for piano - Ravel

Oboe sonata in Eb, 1st and 2nd movements - Telemann

Bourée, no. 4 from 6 studies for the left hand alone - Saint-Saëns

Oboe sonata - Saint-Saëns


Nicola Hand was born in Nottingham in 1987. Nicola graduated in 2013 with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music Masters programme, where she studied oboe with Melanie Ragge and cor anglais with Jill Crowther. Nicola is currently the 2nd oboe/cor anglais player for the Orquestra do Norte, Portugal, and is also a busy freelance player. Local reviewers in Nottingham and Cambridge have described her playing as both ‘beguiling’ and ‘exquisite’.

As a freelance performer Nicola has played regularly with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Orpheus Sinfonia as well as many other orchestras in and around London. From September 2013 to February 2014 she was the oboe and cor anglais player for ‘The Light Princess’ by Tori Amos at the National Theatre, and has played for ‘Miss Saigon’ in the Prince Edward Theatre.

Nicola is also very active as a soloist and chamber musician. She enjoys giving solo recitals, and has performed in venues such as Peterborough Cathedral, St. George’s Hanover Square and Waltham Abbey as a soloist, and regularly joins chamber

groups for recitals as well. As a concert soloist, Nicola has performed the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto with West Forest Sinfonia, the Mozart Oboe Concerto at Jesus College, Cambridge and the Strauss Oboe Concerto in St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham. In 2015 she was awarded a Jellinek soloist’s award by Croydon Symphony Orchestra, and as a result performed the Albinoni D minor concerto in Guildford in 2016 and returned to St. Mary's Church, Nottingham earlier in the year for a solo performance of Marcello's oboe concerto in D Minor.

In 2012 Nicola was awarded the Evelyn Barbirolli prize for oboe and the Grimaldi Cor Anglais Scholarship at the Royal Academy, and in 2013 she won the concerto class of the Hastings Music Festival Concerto Competition playing the Martinu oboe concerto. In 2013 she was also Highly Commended in the Leila Bull oboe prize at the Academy.

During her Masters Nicola played in many high-profile performances, including principal oboe for Sir Colin Davis, Thierry Fischer and Yan Pascal Tortelier and cor anglais for Jac van Steen and Semyon Bychkov with the Academy Symphony Orchestra. She also performed the solo oboe part in Bainbridge’s Concertante in Moto Perpetuo with the Academy Manson Ensemble conducted by Franck Ollu, in a special birthday celebration concert for the composer.

Before attending the Royal Academy, Nicola completed an MA in languages at Cambridge University. She was very active as both an oboist and a choral scholar in Cambridge. With the help of instrumental and choral scholarships from Jesus College, she was able to pursue her musical ambition, finding many opportunities to perform as both an ensemble player and soloist in the Cambridge music scene.

Jonathan Pease graduated from St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, with an MA in Music in 2010 before undertaking further study as a pianist with Graham Fitch. He is in particular demand as an accompanist and repetiteur. In the past year, he has enjoyed engagements with groups such as Garsington Opera, Royal Opera House Youth Company, Opera Holland Park, Surrey Arts and Mahogany Opera Group, and has accompanied recitals at St. George’s Hanover Square, Waltham Abbey, St. Olave’s Hart Street, St. George’s Beckenham and Peterborough Cathedral. He is also accompanist to Upbeat Choir in Wanstead. Jonathan holds the position of Director of Music at Christ Church, Isle of Dogs, where, in addition to his duties as organist and choirmaster, he has recently founded a successful Choral Training Scheme for young singers and a resident semi-professional choir, the East London Evensong Choir. Jonathan is also a prolific composer and librettist. His first full-length opera, These Things Happen, was produced at the Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, in 2012. He was a finalist in the 2012 English National Opera Mini Operas competition with his chamber opera The Calling and in the 2015 Opera UpClose Flourish competition with his second full-length opera, Concrete Music.