Nicola Wydenbach is a graduate of the Royal College of Music where she was supported by a scholarship from Diva Opera. She has sung for English National Opera, Scottish Opera, the Monteverdi Choir, Philharmonia Voices and London Voices.
She is a highly experienced vocal coach having worked for ROH, ENO, the BBC, Surrey Arts, Sing Up, Snape Maltings, Streetwise Opera and Garsington. She has recently been Musical Director for Snappy Operas, Mahogany Opera in Tower Hamlets and Cumbria.
Nicola is also a specialist in working with people with Parkinson’s as well as those with mental health conditions. She is Director of training for Sing to Beat Parkinson’s as well as running two London singing groups. Her book Singing for Parkinson’s was published in 2019. (www.comptonpublishing.co.uk/singing-for-people-with-parkinsons.php) . She was also awarded a Finzi Scholarship to study this work in the USA. She is currently co-creating an opera for people with Parkinson’s to be premiered in 2020.
She is also the MD of the Mind and Soul Community Choir which rehearses at the Maudsley Hospital in South East London and is for all those affected by mental illness with the sole aim of reducing the stigma surrounding the conditions. She produced and conducted Camberwell Gro(o)ve for World Mental Health Day 2019 including a commissioned cantata based on calmness for the Mind and Soul Choir and the Camberwell Community Choir.
In 2019, Nicola was awarded a Trinity Laban Learning & Participation (Music) Fellowship for individual music leaders working in participatory music settings. She is also Director and created of Contented Music Club CIC, specifically set up to train the next generation of artists in the arts and health field via training courses and mentoring.