Singing

As a trained soprano, I have sung a variety of music from opera arias to Cole Porter love songs at events ranging from London cabarets to weddings.

I have most recently created a recital of Regency music with professional accompanist Gilly Slot, which includes pieces either sung or played by Jane Austen herself, or used in Austen television dramatisations. Songs include Mozart's 'Voi Che Sapete', Haydn's 'My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair', and Patrick Doyle's 'Weep You No More Sad Fountains'. Having studied Jane Austen's music collection and Regency domestic music in detail, I also intersperse the songs with a anecdotes and quotations about Regency singing as a female accomplishment.

I have also recently written a short chapter on Austen and the composer Charles Dibdin which will hopefully be published as part of a book on Dibdin by the University of Chicago Press soon.

In the future I will add audio files as a sample of my singing to this page. Please see below for details of future events.


Recent events

30th May 2015: A Regency Recital in Winchester

At the historic Chesil Theatre in Winchester I hosted an evening of Regency song, accompanied on a beautiful period square piano from 1808. Using songs from Jane Austen's personal collection (as well as a few from recent TV adaptations) I explored the fascinating context behind the pieces, offering an insight into what singing such songs could have meant to Austen, and indeed to young genteel women of the time.


Feedback from the lecture-recital included "you have a wonderful singing voice and it really transported me back to that era, which is a rare treat" and "we loved the sound of the square piano, and Nicky’s singing interwoven with anecdotes was delightful".




In addition to my Regency repertoire, I am experienced at singing all types of song, from opera and oratorio to popular music. I am based in Winchester and happy to travel across the south of England. If you would like further information or to find out if I am available to sing at your event, please do not hesitate to contact me at nicky@nicolapink.com