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York Mumbler Award

Music is the great uniter. An incredible force.
Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.

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My name is Nicola, and I am passionate about sharing my love of singing and music making with the local community. This stems from my strong belief that music is a powerful tool which can engage and unite people, impacting and benefitting everyone’s emotional, social, and physical wellbeing in wonderful ways.

I love to reach out to everyone across all ages – from 0-80+ years old! It is my desire that all who participate in my choirs, children’s music groups and instrumental/singing lessons will benefit greatly. My hope is that you will experience creativity and joy whilst learning and developing new skills in an environment that is inclusive, friendly, uplifting and most of all, fun!

I invite you to explore this website and please do get in touch if you would like any more information about how you can join or get involved in one or more of the groups.

Nicola (BA (Hons) Music; PGCE; LTCL; ABSM)

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When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people.

Experience & Qualifications

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Further adventures with community

Children’s Choir

Nicola leads a children’s choir which is based at her local primary school. The choir is very well attended and gives all participating children the wonderful opportunity to experience the joy and benefits both educationally and to their general wellbeing of singing in a choir. 

Street Singing with neighbours standing outside their homes singing together
Children's choir outside the Gateway Centre

York Hospital

Nicola and Jon were the first musicians to be invited back into the hospital since the start of the pandemic with special permission to perform ‘live’ on the main corridor to help spread a little Christmas cheer to hardworking NHS staff and patients as they were passing by.

 Thank you to the Hospital’s wonderful Arts Team for organising this.

Children's choir outside the Gateway Centre
Nicola and John performing at York Hospital

Street Singing

During the summer lockdown of 2020 and the lead up to Christmas 2020, Nicola led weekly ‘street sings’ for her neighbouring community. 

Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm, neighbours would step onto the street to sing a collection of uplifting songs together. 

Nicola and John performing at York Hospital
Street Singing with neighbours standing outside their homes singing together
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Alex and P Tiny Toes Members
Nicola creates a warm and welcoming environment which my little girl loves. She has been coming to Tiny Toes since she was 8 weeks old, and it’s been brilliant seeing her benefit from lots of different types of stimulation and social opportunities as her little personality develops. Tiny Toes is a friendly space, and as a new mum it has been fantastic for building my confidence in getting out and about.
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Jeannie Wellbeing Choir Member
Nicola has the dual gift of teaching us to harmonise to our very best ability whilst also entertaining us by her vibrant personality. No matter how grey the day she raises our spirits and the smiling faces and laughter as we leave are testimony to the joy that we have all shared.
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Phil Hay
Nicola is an incredibly positive teacher who strikes a great balance between support, encouragement and setting high standards. She wants her pupils to have fun but also to make progress and she has a strong focus on enabling them to perform in public and grow in confidence. Our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed being taught by her.
Phil Hay
Private Tuition
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Thank You

Thank you to my very dear family, friends and people simply passing through who have volunteered, helped, encouraged, championed and supported my wonderfully colourful world of community music making. Every act, gesture and word of kindness and encouragement whether big or small to myself and/or to one other is never wasted, is always appreciated and really does make a difference.

Thank you so much to Elly Ross, a very talented photographer and friend. The exquisite photos of Tiny Toes Music, The York Wellbeing Choir and The Children’s Choir throughout this website truly capture the essence and joy of community singing and music making in the loveliest and most unique ways.

Thank you also to Mike Darley for his fabulous photos of the York Wellbeing Choir performing at The Community Choir Festival in The Joseph Rowntree Theatre, and to Odette and David Marshall for their wonderful photos and videos of the York Wellbeing Choir in action.

Many of our community music groups and activities take place at the Gateway Centre in Acomb. Thank you so much to all the staff at the Gateway Centre for accommodating us in such a beautiful venue, and for your care and support.

Thank you to both Mits and Vicky for their heart, insight and skill in capturing the essence of my work in this beautiful website. I have loved working with you both.

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