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Ms Nicola Harrison
Retained Lecturer in Singing and Interpretation
Nicola’s students receive specialist professional Vocal Technique and Performance training and many make their way to the top of their chosen profession. Previous students have won international awards, Olivier Awards, taken leading roles in the West End and have contracts in television and film as well as classical vocal performance.
Nicola has trained both as a singer and as a professional vocal coach with top pedagogues in UK, Switzerland, France and Spain. She has trained medically, worked in ENT and in the Voice Clinic and studied anatomy at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and vocal anatomy with Meribeth Dayme and others. A member of many organisations related to voice, she is at the forefront of new developments in vocal teaching across the board and is a qualified Adult Educator & Lecturer.
Nicola works with scientists to develop the most efficient and successful vocal training programme and is also brought in to retrain vocal faults in young professional singers and get them back on track. She also works with University Lecturers in Presentation and Performance. Her vocal technique training is supported by both medical and artistic evidence. She is a classical singer and performer herself - and is the author of ‘The Wordsmith’s Guide to English Song,’ published by Compton.
Retained Lecturer in Singing and Song Interpretation at Pembroke College, Lecturer in Teacher’s Voice at Westminster College of Education, and visiting lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, Nicola has in the past been the voice coach to the choral scholars of Brasenose College Oxford, and to the young stars of Billy Elliot the Musical. Many of her students have gone on to become highly successful professionals.
Nicola teaches talented young singers, undergraduates, young professionals and teachers of singing. She also works with singers in need of vocal rehabilitation and runs intensive workshops for Oxford's academic lecturers to improve speaking and presentation skills.
As an author she has written for national and local radio, newspapers and magazines, including Classical Music and the Singer magazine. In her writing she focuses, above all on the interpretation of text in song. She is currently writing a commissioned series of books on English Song.
Alongside her work in text, Nicola specializes in interpreting the Spanish repertoire both as a classical soloist and with her touring company, Casa Margarita.
In her research and teaching she has focused on clarifying the language we use to teach singing, and developing this language further to accelerate the process of vocal training and rehabilitation.
The College normally admits two students a year to read Music and also has two Organ Scholars in residence at any one time. Pembroke has a thriving musical society and attracts talented musicians from a wide range of academic disciplines.