Heather Nicoll is a Graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly known as the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) and was appointed Head of Woodwind in 2007. In a diverse performing career, 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, 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.
As an adjudicator, Heather has worked in varied fields, from many regional and national wind festivals and competitions, to solo competitions such as Yamaha Foundation Awards and BBC Young Musician. She has been a panelist on numerous auditions for performing organisations such as Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra (YMSO) and has experience as an external examiner in Britain’s leading Conservatoires as well as giving masterclasses throughout Europe in top musical institutions.