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Nicholas Ormrod

Nicholas Ormrod is a percussionist in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. He was a pupil of James Blades, and is a graduate of the University of Surrey, where his professor was Reginald Smith Brindle. Following postgraduate study at the University of London, he spent over twenty years as a freelance player performing in almost every area and style of the music business prior to his appointment to Covent Garden in 2004. As a specialist in period instrument performance, Nicholas performs regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the King's Consort, and has written various research articles on the subject. On more conventional instruments, Nicholas worked for such ensembles as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Philharmonia Orchestra and also enjoyed long standing associations with the National Theatre (Sunday in the Park with George, Candide), the Royal Shakespeare Company (The Wizard of Oz, Happy End), and the commercial world of the West End theatre (Carousel, Oliver!). Nicholas has given numerous clinics, including PASIC 2003 in Louisville, KY, Journèes de la Percussion 2004 in Paris, RNCM Percussion Day (2006), PASIC 2006 in Austin, TX, Percupassion 2006 in Lyon, Juilliard School of Music (2007), and PASIC 2009 in Indianapolis, IN. As a teacher, Nicholas has held positions at the Royal College of Music and Dartington College and he currently serves as president of the UK Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, from whom he was the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Chapter President Award.