Music Centre Staff
Find out about the staff at our music centres. All members of our staff are experienced musicians in their own right as well as being excellent and inspiring educators.
Flute Ensembles Staff
Nicky was formative in setting up the South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra (SGYWO) and is founder and Director of ‘Flutissimo’ Senior Flute ensemble.
Hailing from Downend she began her musical career aged six when she joined the choir at St. John the Baptist church, Frenchay, where she was head chorister for many years, gaining the St. Cecilia Award aged 12. She was twice a preliminary finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year competition. For several years she was the Head Chorister of the RSCM Three Day Easter Choristers Course held annually at the Bristol Cathedral and has been a major soloist at many other RSCM events.
As a vocalist and flautist she has won many competitions and Eisteddfods and Championship classes and in 2004 as a flautist she was awarded the ‘City Waits’ and became the ‘Lord Mayor’s Musician’ for a year, a much coveted award.
Fiona has been fortunate to perform around the world, including Notre Dame, Paris and other prestigious venues in France, America, France, Italy, Poland and Latvia.
Currently, Simone teaches flute and violin for South Gloucestershire Music Hub, as well as several schools in Wales and the South West. Simone enjoys performing both classical and jazz repertoire on the flute, and has performed as part of the Phoenix Collective alongside saxophonist Gilad Aztmon.
As Director of Flutetlets, Simone has enjoyed working with the children on their improvisation skills and developing their individual creativity. She has also worked with Flutelets on composition and they have written and performed their own pieces in several concerts.