Nichola Hunter I was born in Southport, Lancashire and started my musical studies at Chethams School of Music, Manchester. I later studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, with Trevor Wye, Kate Hill, and Colin Chambers, and on piccolo with Patricia Morris. I have taken part in many flute master classes with well-known flautists, including James Galway, William Bennett, Geoffrey Gilbert, and Aureole Nicolet. I currently work as an accomplished freelance musician, playing flute, piccolo, and alto flute, with a highly acclaimed reputation. I have a busy, successful career working with many of the major British orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic, Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic,Opera North, Welsh National Opera, and BBC Welsh Orchestras. I have performed many solo concerti, and have given receital concerts all over Great Britain. I also enjoy working in chamber music groups, and have appeared on television, (regularly on BBC Songs of Praise), and on radio. I am co-principal flute with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, with whom I have performed as soloist and made several highly acclaimed CD recordings. I am a core player with Sinfonia Viva and greatly enjoy the wide spectrum of varied music we perform, along with the educational workshops and projects we deliver, especially to young children and children with special needs and learning difficulties. I have toured a great deal with major, successful, famous singer soloists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Katherine Jenkins, Lesley Garrett, Russell Watson, and with The Moody Blues on their World Tour. I also combine my freelance performing with an extensive teaching career too. I hold teaching positions in three Grammar Schools, Huddersfield University, and I teach privately also. I live in Cheshire, South Manchester.