Widely recognised as one of the classiest Jazz and Swing musicians in the UK, Wiltshire born and now Sheffield resident, Nicola has a remarkable musical pedigree, both parents being professional classical musicians and her great uncle no less than the late Robert Farnon. After an early start on piano and cello (grade 8 in both by the age of eleven), she followed her dad's love of the 'standards' into jazz via the double bass and an enchanting voice which was developed during her Performing Arts studies at Middlesex University. Her trio and quartet appears regularly on the jazz circuit and the band's arrangements are all done by her - along with Farnon's melodic and extremely catchy originals.
She has played and recorded with such Jazz luminaries as Dave Newton, Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Roy Williams and Alan Barnes and alongside class jazz acts as diverse as Eliane Elias, Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame,Tony Kofi, Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra, Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilke.
A truly talented singer, Nicola is a class act with a passionate and swinging style, outstanding personality and a charismatic stage presence to match - with an uncanny ability to adapt her performance to captivate and embrace any audience.
Her Discography includes eight albums to date with her latest - MADE UP - introducing a different side to Farnon: an all original album that covers other sides, musical influences and instruments from this highly talented musician. Listen Here
Nicola has recently recorded a highly acclaimed album, "So Farnon - So Good!" - with Jim Mullen, David Newton and Steve Brown and currently gigs nationwide with her trio and quartet, as guest artist - and with her latest collaboration, Daisy Daisy (more info HERE)