Nicki Kennedy’s sparkling and engaging personality have assured her a long and successful career as a soloist. She has remained in demand throughout her career as a specialist in Baroque and Classical music working with many of the major orchestras of Europe and in festivals all over Europe and beyond.
Nicki is known as a great story-teller and communicator, building a strong rapport with her audiences, and entertaining them not only with her singing but also with her stunning delivery of text and drama in all the music that she performs.
Her background as a linguist (Nicki speaks fluent French, Spanish and Italian) has enabled her to easily relate to and communicate music in all sorts of languages and has made her an attractive prospect to promoters throughout Europe. Her training in the study of literature within her Modern Languages degree has also led to a lifelong love of the poetry and text that she delivers so naturally.
She has a flexibility and ease of vocal production that is natural and clear, and is able to sing with great agility in the demanding coloratura works of the great Baroque and Classical composers.
She is a musician who understands the shaping of the phrases, and nuance of the whole picture, and has a particular love of working with chamber ensembles.
She has had particularly long and loyal relationships with the award winning Handel ensemble The Brook Street Band, and with the great Vivaldi conductor Federico Maria Sardelli and his orchestra Modo Antiquo. These partnerships have continued through the years that Nicki has brought up a family, keeping her
active and engaged on the International music stage throughout this period.
Nicki Kennedy is an energetic and enthusiastic communicator. She is also a skilled diagnostician with a great deal of knowledge and experience. She uses this with commitment and vitality to help children, young professional and aspiring professional singers develop their vocal technique and performance skills.
Nicki works for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Eton Choral Courses and teaches the undergraduate Choral Scholars at Christ’s College, Cambridge University. She has taught at Junior Conservatoire (Trinity College of Music) and guided young treble choristers (Southwell Minster)
She was Head of Singing at Repton School until 2016 and, after relocating to Norfolk, has now been appointed as Head of Singing and Director of the Prep School Chapel Choir at Gresham’s School.
Nicki’s inspiration as a teacher begins in the traditional Bel Canto singing style, with its beautiful legato and resonant vocal delivery, combined with dynamic flexibility and grace.Though primarily offering a Classical technical grounding, she is also well versed in the techniques required for singing different styles and genres, such as Musical Theatre. She keeps abreast of developments in research by voice specialists and follows advancements by medical practitioners and voice therapists.
Singing should be easy, free and healthy, and a great singer should have access to their whole vocal range without strain or difficulty. She helps students to find a good body alignment and balance, and seek a free, natural way to breathe comfortably so that they can deliver a clean, resonant sound that has consistency throughout the range and on every vowel. A great singer should be free to communicate text and musical shapes, and to listen and work with their accompanying players knowing that they can trust the vocal technique to deliver flawless sound throughout the range. The audience should hear seamlessly beautiful tone, but in the end, enjoy listening to an artist who has mastered this to the degree that they can focus clearly on the matter of musical phrasing, text and communication.
A member of the British Voice Association and of the Association of Teachers of Singing, Nicki attends courses to learn about vocal anatomy and methods of teaching, and works collaboratively with colleagues to learn from them and refresh her ideas. Recent courses include Aberystwyth (Ron Morris), Estill and lectures by voice therapist Sarah Harris among others.