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Nicola Hands


Orchestral Experience

Position Held

  • Orquestra do Norte - Principal Cor Anglais, and 2nd oboe covering principal oboe 2015–2016


  • Philharmonia - 2nd oboe trial (current)
  • Royal Scottish National Orchestra - 2nd oboe and cor anglais
  • Royal Ballet Sinfonia - 2nd oboe
  • Metropolitana Orchestra, Lisbon - 2nd oboe January 2017 – present
  • Opéra de Baugé - Principal oboe and cor anglais
  • Chameleon Arts
  • Mozart Symphony Orchestra
  • Croydon Symphony Orchestra
  • Guildford Symphony Orchestra
  • Epsom Symphony Orchestra
  • Occasional Orchestra
  • Fulham Opera
  • Southwell Music Festival
  • Lincoln Chamber Orchestra
  • Orpheus Sinfonia
  • English National Ballet (extra list)
  • English National Opera (extra list)
  • Irish Chamber Orchestra (extra list)

Orchestral Training

  • RAM orchestras and ensembles, January 2012-June 2013


  • The National Theatre The Light Princess - Oboe/Cor Anglais  September 2013- 2014
  • Miss Saigon – West End Oboe/cor anglais deputy

Solo and Chamber

  • Duo with Jonathan Pease
    • Selected to appear in the Making Music Selected Artists Guide 2018
    • Supported by the Concordia Foundation
    • Concerts at: St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’ Piccadilly, Peterborough, Winchester and St. Edmundsbury Cathedrals, St. George Hanover Square, Waltham Abbey, All Saints High Wycombe, St. Martin Epsom, St. James Paddington, St. Mary Perivale, Schott Recital Rooms, Worcester Concert Club
  • Marcello D Minor Concerto in St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham June 2016
  • Albinoni D Minor Concerto with Guildford Symphony Orchestra February 2016
  • Vaughan Williams concerto with West Forest Sinfonia April 2014
  • Bainbridge Concertante in Moto Perpetuo with RAM Manson Ensemble January 2013
  • Mozart Oboe Concerto in Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge March 2008
  • Strauss Oboe Concerto in St Mary’s Church, Nottingham December 2005
  • Bach Double Concerto in Nottingham’s Albert Hall April 2005

Awards and Prizes

  • Jellinek Award for young soloists February 2016
  • Winner of the inaugural Dr. Barry Grimaldi prize for cor anglais at RAM October 2012
  • Winner of Evelyn Barbarolli oboe prize at RAM June 2012
  • Highly Commended in Leila Bull Oboe Prize at RAM February 2013
  • Winner of the Hastings Music Festival Woodwind Concerto class March 2013
  • Finalist in the Croydon Music Festival Concerto Competition May 2014
  • Awarded music and choral scholarships by Jesus College, Cambridge 2006, 2007 and 2009

Education and Qualifications

  • Royal Academy of Music MA in oboe and cor anglais (Distinction) 2011-2013
  • Cambridge University MA in French + Spanish (2:1, distinction in Spanish oral) 2006-2010

Referees: Gavin Sutherland and Jill Crowther

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MAS takes no responsibility for its accuracy.

Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Bass Oboe, Clarinet, Cor Anglais, Flute, Oboe d'Amore, Tenor Saxophone