2020-21 Season, Concert 4 "A Journey Into French and English Music"

Olivia Fraser (oboe) and Nicole Johnson (piano)

Sunday 20 September 2020, 3pm

Olivia Fraser and Nicole Johnson


Main works to be performed are Poulenc Sonata for Oboe and Piano and York Bowen Sonata for Oboe and Piano.

Olivia is a promising young oboist who enjoys a varied freelance career of orchestral, ballet and opera performance, chamber music and solo recitals. During her time at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Olivia won the Evelyn Barbirolli Oboe Prize, the Harold Clark Woodwind Prize and was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal for Wind, Brass and Percussion, Director’s Prize for Excellence and the Trinity Laban MA Prize. She trained with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as part of Trinity Laban’s orchestral partnership scheme. Since graduating, Olivia has played with a number of top UK orchestras including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and the London Mozart Players. She recently recorded a CD of Nigel Treherne’s Concerto for two Oboes alongside Chris O’Neal and strings from the Orchestra of St Johns.

Nicole is a Yorkshire-born pianist, recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Master’s degree in Piano Accompaniment (Distinction). She gained a First-Class BMus (Hons) degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Classical Piano in 2017, where she was awarded the Dave Gosling Prize for Piano Accompaniment. Nicole works extensively with vocalists and woodwind players, and has played for masterclasses with Julius Drake, Malcolm Martineau and Iain Burnside amongst others. In June 2018, she was awarded the Accompanist’s Prize at the Association of English Speakers and Singers, sponsored by Patricia Routledge and won 2nd place at the John Kerr English song competition (February 2018) with mezzo-soprano Emily Gray. Nicole is a vocal coach in both classical and musical theatre genres, working at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and London Studio Centre. Nicole is a strong advocate of musical outreach and education projects, and has an extensive private teaching practice in South London.

United Church of Egham, Egham High Street


£12 standard price, £7 student and under 21

Accompanied children under 16 free

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