My Story

‘Nothing makes me happier than singing for people. A lady gave me free singing lessons when I was 15 and introduced me to Opera, and I’ve been devoted to singing ever since. I attended The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama for 6 years, got chosen by Sir Thomas Allen for a series of masterclasses with The Samling Foundation, and then went onto work for Opera companies around Europe for 10 years, as well as singing on the concert platform. I started at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (wonderful place to work), moved over to Amsterdam and sang for Dutch National Opera, various other smaller companies in Holland, in Het Concertgebouw, in Het Theater Carre, and appeared on Dutch Television. Life then took me to Belgium to work for The Flemish Opera and later for Opera Monte Carlo.

Whilst I was living in Belgium I started my own initiative calling myself ‘The Down to Earth Diva’ which eventually became ‘Opera for the People’. I appeared on Belgian TV and radio, sang at many events including at a champagne house in Reims, and in a castle in Germany. My focus is on bringing happiness to people and I love combining my Northern English roots, and making Opera and music accessible to people in a friendly way. I devised a Song Menu (see below), and I let people choose what they would like me to sing for them. It’s full of popular Opera Classics, Classical Songs, songs from musicals, and my Pavarotti pop section.

I’ve also lived in New York where I put my own show on called ‘A Soprano and a Suitcase’, and my latest project is a tribute to Julie Andrews called ‘A Spoonful of Julie’, which was co-written with Stuart Barham, the former musical director of Cats with Elaine Paige. It’s full of songs and medleys from all your favourite Julie things and if you love Julie as much as I do, book tickets to see one of my shows (dates and venues are in my events section). My life is about singing for people wherever I go and I love what I do. I write a blog at www.asopranoasuitcaseandarucksack.com full of my stories as I go along. Please get in touch if you would like me to come and sing for you. No request is too small. I’m living my dream, following my heart and seeing where life takes me.....’

A Spoonful of Julie

Join Nicola, singing the songs of the practically perfect Dame Julie Andrews in this memorable tribute ‘A Spoonful of Julie’, full of songs and medleys arranged by Stuart Barham (Sondheim and Lloyd Webber) from your favourite Julie things. Cleverly woven together and telling some Julie stories along the way, Nicola will delight your Julie Andrews senses. For more details and tickets, please see my 'Events' section below.

A spoonful of Julie show dates

‘From the moment Nicola and her pianist burst onto the stage with a short compilation of everyone’s favourite tunes, we were then immersed in anything and everything Julie Andrews, from charming anecdotes of Julie’s early life and a musical meander through the films and stage shows, such as ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Camelot’ and ‘My Fair Lady’.
What Nicola brings is sheer joy, as well as an amazing voice.....and there are some great sing along moments too. I personally laughed out loud and shed a tear. Nicola is the most charming down to earth diva you will ever meet.' - Lytham Life and Style

Music

Here's a sneaky preview of what I can do....

...and this is my story and some of the songs that have been a part of it...

A few highlights from my time in New York...

Song Menu

Take a look at my Song Menu and custom design your own event if you'd like (you choose the songs and I'll sing them).

Opera

Come scoglio (Fiordiligi being a teenager) Mozart

Quando m'en vo (Musettas' flirty number from 'La Boheme. Lock up your husbands!!!) Puccini

Vissi d'arte (Tosca's famous second act aria) Puccini

Si, mi chiamano Mimi ('My name is Mimi'. Are you also a hopeless romantic like me?) Puccini

Casta Diva (Maria Callas made this famous and it's one of my faves too) Bellini

Voi che sapete (Cherubino, a teenager in love) Mozart

Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour (From Tales of Hoffmann and also very famous) Offenbach

0 mio babbino caro (The most famous Soprano aria ever) Puccini

Brindisi (Time to celebrate with a glass of wine from Verdi's 'La Traviata')

Je Veux Vivre (I'm the belle of the ball song by Gounod')

Summertime (Gershwin's famous Porgy and Bess number)

Porgi Amor (The Countess is not happy) Mozart

Song to the Moon (Rusalka's gorgeous aria) Dvorak

Lascia ch'io pianga (it's tissue time for this one) Handel

Un bel di vedremo (Madama Butterfly dreaming of Mr. Pinkerton’s return) Puccini

Ch'il bel sogno (the taste of a sweet kiss, long remembered) La Rondine Puccini

Una voce poco fa (Rosina's famous Cavatina from The Barber of Seville) Rossini

The Jewel Song (Marguerite is a lady she doesn't recognise with all the jewels on) Gounod

Donde Lieta (Mimi asking for her stuff back after a fight with Rodolfo) Puccini

L'altra notte (Margherita going nuts in her prison cell) Mefistofele

Mercé dilette (This girl is feeling the joy, about to get married) Verdi

Qui la voce (Let me melt in one of my ultimate favourite arias) Puccini

Ach, ich fühl's (Pamina is not a happy girl right now) Mozart

Classical

Ave Maria (Bach or Schubert or Caccini, so choose the one you like the most)

Panis Angelicus (Takes me right back to the choir I sang in when I was 13)

Funiculi Funicula (I can't sing this without thinking of my name Nicola)

0 Sole Mio (if you fancy being serenaded or want a cornetto)

Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webbers Requiem one)

Abide with me (Nothing like singing a good soppy hymn)

Time to Say Goodbye (Time to do my Sarah Brightman Andrew Lloyd Webber singing thing)

The Merry Widow Waltz (don't be shy if you feel like dancing)

Let the Bright Seraphim (Handel is the tops with this cheery number)

Musicals

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (There's no place like home)

I Could Have Danced All Night (The lady was certainly fair in this film)

Edelweiss (My sing along musical since the age of 5, and my favourite)

Singin' in the Rain (Get your umbrellas out)

I Got Rhythm (and a whole lot more)

I Have Confidence (Julie Andrews rocks ...)

The Sound of Music Medley (A bit of some of my Julie Andrews faves)

Nella Fantasia (II Divo do a good version of this, also known as Gabriel's Oboe)

A Spoonful of Sugar (it certainly does make the world go round)

S'wonderful (let's go back to Fred and Ginger) Gershwin

Do,Re,Mi (Let's start at the very beginning, it's a very good place to start) The Sound of Music

Don't cry for me Argentina (Evita's famous Madonna number) Lloyd Webber

I have dreamed (very soppy and romantic) Rodgers and Hammerstein

The Sound of Music (The hills are alive) Rodgers and Hammerstein

Feed the Birds (Walt Disney's favourite song from Mary Poppins) Richard M. Sherman

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (listen to me saying it backwards too) Richard M. Sherman

Getting to know you (The King and I) Rodgers and Hammerstein

Pop and the rest...

What a Wonderful World (Louis' famous number)

Imagine (The legend of Lennon)

Angels (Robbie Williams sounds good as opera too)

Amazing Grace (a gospel classic)

Danny Boy (Irish through and through)

Yesterday (The Beatles done opera style)

Your Song (Elton John is my favourite)

Run (The Down to Earth Diva does Leona Lewis, does Snow Patrol)

Only You (a bit of Yazoo if you can remember this one)

Barcelona (Oh, how I've longed to sing this one for years. Monserrat here I come)

All You Need is Love (Sing along if you want)

The Scientist (Never thought I’d sing a bit of Coldplay)

It Don’t Mean a Thing (have you got the swing of Duke Ellington?)

Unchained Melody (I'm all Patrick Swayze with this one and not Robson and Jerome) The Righteous Brothers

All By Myself (Still looking for my Mr. Darcy too) Phil Collins

Bridge Over Troubled Water (Not a cheery one, but a classic none the less) Simon and Garfunkel

I Will Always Love You (Whitney, Whitney, what went wrong?) Dolly Parton

Events


A Spoonful of Julie

Friday March 6th 7.30pm The Met, Market St, Bury BL90BW Buy Tickets
Saturday March 7th, 7.30pm Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge, HX78EW Buy Tickets
Saturday March 14th, 7.30pm St. John the Baptist, Holland Road, London, W148AH For tickets call Nicola on 07838360195
Saturday March 28th 7.30pm St. Martins Church, Church Lane, Brighouse, HD61AT Buy Tickets
Sunday March 29th 2pm The Ace Centre, Cross St, Nelson BB9 7NN Buy Tickets
Friday April 17th 7.30pm Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD93AS Buy Tickets
Saturday April 18th 7.30pm George Lawton Hall, Stamford Street, Mossley, OL50HR For tickets call Gary on 07741782876
Friday April 24th 7.30pm Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley, LS299LW Buy Tickets
Saturday April 25th 7.30pm Ushaw, Historic House Chapel and Gardens, Co. Durham, DH7 9RH Buy Tickets
Friday May 1st The Drill Hall, Lower Church St. Chepstow NP16 5HJ Buy Tickets
Sunday 3rd May 3pm Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies College Buy Tickets
Friday 15th May 7.30pm Merlin Theatre, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2HG
Saturday May 23rd 7.30pm The Medway Hall, Angel Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge Buy Tickets
Friday 5th June 7.30pm Mycenae House and Gardens, 90 Mycenae Road, Blackheath, London Buy Tickets

An Evening With My Song Menu

Saturday 16th May 7.30pm St. Paul’s Church, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, WF148DE Tickets available from Mirfield Library or on the door. Adults £10, Concessions £8 Children Free

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