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Bethany Nichol

Beth studied clarinet with Nicholas Cox, Chris Swann and Raphael Schenkel at the Royal Northern College of Music where she graduated with Distinction. From there she became a NEXT Musician with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, performing in concerts at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the CBSO centre. The scheme included composition workshops with Emily Howard and Michael Zev Gordon, leading to Beth giving the concert premiere of Zev Gordon’s Three Short Pieces for Clarinet in April 2022. 


Beth performs regularly on both clarinets and saxophones in a variety of settings. As an orchestral musician Beth has performed with, amongst others, the Hallé, London Concert Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra, Northern Film Orchestra and Paradox Orchestra. She also enjoys pit work, playing on the acclaimed run of Oliver! at Leeds Playhouse. Beth is a keen chamber musician, having performed Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps at the Edinburgh Festival and Nielsen’s Wind Quintet at Buxton International Festival. She is the clarinettist and one of the founding members of wind quintet Northerly Winds. As a soloist, Beth has recently played the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with Leeds Haydn Players conducted by Melvin Tay, and Weber Clarinet Concerto in F Minor with Hive Sinfonia conducted by Benjamin Draper. 


Beth enjoys teaching and is a Chamber tutor at Chetham’s School of Music, where she leads the clarinet choir, tutors wind quintets, and often takes sectional rehearsals. She has been a clarinet tutor for the summer schools at both Wells Cathedral School and Chetham’s School of Music. Beth teaches clarinet and saxophone at Sale Grammar School and is excited to be joining the team at Sheffield Music Academy.

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