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Ms Nicola Harrison
Retained Lecturer in Singing and Song Interpretation
Nicola’s students receive specialist professional vocal technique and performance training and many make their way to the top of their chosen profession. Nicola has in the past been the voice coach to the choral scholars of Brasenose College Oxford, Exeter College, Oxford, and to the young stars of Billy Elliot the Musical. Previous students have won international awards, Olivier Awards, sung in a small ensemble for the Queen, taken leading roles in the West End and have contracts in television, stage 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 degrees in literature and education as well as music and has trained medically, worked in ENT and in the Voice Clinic and studied anatomy at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
As an author she has written for national and local radio, newspapers and magazines, including Classical Music, British Music, BBC History and the Singer magazine. In her writing she focuses, above all on the interpretation of text in song.
She is the author of ‘The Wordsmith’s Guide to English Song,’ Volume 1 and 2, published by Compton and two books of poetry. Her new book ‘The Singer’s Guide to the Larynx’ comes out in July 2019.
Alongside her work in text, Nicola specializes in interpreting the Spanish repertoire both as a classical soloist and with her touring company, Casa Margarita. She has written and directed three shows and appears at music festivals as both speaker and performer.
A member of many organisations related to voice, her research into the neuroscience of singing has brought about the development of a new vocal training approach using motor imagery to train muscles and rehabilitate damaged voices. She has presented her research at national and international conferences.
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.