NICOLA-JANE KEMP MA (Cantab) MMus Opera (RSAMD)
Nicola-Jane Kemp was a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and studied at Cambridge University, The Royal College of Music and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD). Her career began with professional choral groups such as The Sixteen, The Cambridge Singers and the BBC Singers. She subsequently forged a career as a solo
coloratura soprano (with a signature role of “Queen of the Night”) and has worked for companies as diverse as Music Theatre Wales, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France and BBC Radio 2 (Friday Night is Music Night). Her concert work takes her all round the UK, including the South Bank, Barbican and St John’s Smith Square in London, and to the Middle East. Most recently she has sung as soloist in Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony No. 2 at Coventry Cathedral, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at the Cadogan Hall, London and Verdi’s Requiem at St John’s Smith Square, London.
She currently teaches choral scholars at Clare and Queens’ Colleges, Cambridge where she also organises annual masterclasses and university wide competitions with artists such as Michael Chance CBE, Ann Murray DBE, Roderick Williams, Joan Rodgers CBE and Andrew Staples. She taught for 20 years at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London. She is a Grade/Diploma examiner for the ABRSM and a member of the Diploma Review Panel. She is also an adjudicator for The British & International Federation of Festivals and a council member of the Association of Teachers of Singing. She has given masterclasses and workshops for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, The Winchester Solo Singers Course, The London Youth Choir and Eton Choral Courses.
With Heidi Pegler, their series of songbooks - The Language of Song published by Faber Music - was awarded “Best Education Publication” by the British Music Industries Association in 2007. The series now comprises seven volumes and provides a resource for students and teachers learning to sing in foreign languages.
Nicola-Jane was appointed Head of Singing at Eton College, Windsor in September 2015