Heather Nicoll is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), and was appointed Head of Woodwind in 2007.
In a diverse performing career as a clarinettist, she has given concerts and recorded with many of Britain’s leading orchestras, and held a principal position with Scottish Ballet for several years. Heather has appeared as concerto soloist on many occasions, making her professional debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), and has featured regularly with various professional contemporary and chamber music ensembles.
She has played on numerous soundtracks for films, working with composers including John Williams (Harry Potter: The Philosopher’s Stone), James Horner (Enemy At The Gates), Craig Armstrong (Moulin Rouge), Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith, and recorded with a diverse range of artists such as Bryn Terfel and Joni Mitchell.
In 2002, Heather gained an MA in Psychology for Musicians (University of Sheffield). More recently, she has completed a PGDip in Performance Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, exploring the psychology of peak performance in a range of fields including music and sport. In addition, Heather is a qualified Mindfulness Now teacher, certified by the UK College of Mindfulness Meditation. She practices with RCS students and working professionals exploring the benefits of mindfulness within areas such as managing stress, aiding effective practice and performance techniques.
In addition to her work at RCS, Heather has adjudicated extensively at national, regional and international level for organisations such as the Yamaha Foundation Awards, BBC Young Musician and National Concert Band Festival. She has also examined and given masterclasses and workshops at leading Conservatoires in Britain and further afield.