Nicola Tait Baxter

Nicola’s great love of the ‘cello led her to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Florence Hooton and Lionel Handy; whilst a student at the RAM she won first prizes both for solo (Herbert Walenn Cello Prize for Bach’s 6th Suite) and chamber music (Max Pirani Piano Trio Prize) and graduated with a first class honours degree.

Further scholarships took her to Germany, Brussels and London, studying with cellists Johannes Goritzki, William Pleeth and with her string trio, violist Erwin Schiffer. At the age of 24 she gave her first solo broadcast for Radio 3 with pianist Rebecca Woolcock performing music by Beethoven, Martinu and Popper and her string trio performed at the Purcell Room to critical acclaim. She quickly joined the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra as an Associate Member and worked regularly with the Philharmonia, CLS and the LSO. From 2001 to 2005 she was cellist in the renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet, with whom she performed and gave masterclasses throughout Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa.

In demand as a soloists and chamber musician these days, her repertoire includes most of the major ‘cello concertos; she has performed the six solo suites by Bach in festivals in Scotland, England and Germany and has appeared as concerto/recital soloist in Switzerland and the USA. Nicola recently performed a tour of unaccompanied recitals entitled Cello through the Looking Glass; this led to a CD recording Cello Tale, featuring a piece written by herself called Lullaby of Istanbul and now managed by Treasure Island Music on Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon. Nicola also performs with Serbian pianist Mina Miletic and they have recently made a film recording of music by Cesar Franck.

Passionate about chamber music and teaching Nicola is co-founder of Leading Notes chamber music courses, can be found teaching at the Junior Royal Academy, adjudicating, even conducting and currently holds cello teaching posts at Harrow School and Merchant Taylors’. She has recently written 4 pieces for solo cello which are due to be published in 2022.

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February 1, 2022
  • Chorleywood Orchestra Rehearsal, Russell School, Chorleywood

    February 1, 2022 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm

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February 8, 2022
  • Chorleywood Orchestra Rehearsal, Russell School, Chorleywood

    February 8, 2022 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm

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February 15, 2022
  • Chorleywood Orchestra Rehearsal, Russell School, Chorleywood

    February 15, 2022 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm

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February 22, 2022
  • Chorleywood Orchestra Rehearsal, Russell School, Chorleywood

    February 22, 2022 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm

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