Over the last 12 months Nicola has continued her role as a dedicated, passionate ambassador and leader in music education. She has reached over 2000 young people through workshops, masterclasses, partnership projects, and school visits and connected with over 500 teachers, providing support in the face of mounting pressures, and encouraging best practice.
This commitment to supporting music practitioners was underlined in July 2018, when Nicola took over as President of the European String Teachers Association. She has contributed to campaigns to save and preserve music services across the country and holds named positions in several of the UK’s most established and high-quality youth music organisations including the National Children's Orchestras, Sistema Scotland, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, Music in Secondary Schools Trust, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and many more. Fiercely committed to music education and to developing young talent, she has formed many associations with schools, music colleges and local authorities.
As ‘Big Sister’ to Sistema Scotland, Nicola led Super String Sessions in autumn 2018, celebrating the organisation’s 10th anniversary by bringing together 500 young people from a diverse range of learning backgrounds including through Sistema Scotland, Local Authorities and private tuition.
She is credited with broadening the appeal of classical music to young and new audiences through her extensive education work and appearances at events such the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony and iTunes Festival.
Nicola was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, the youngest ever recipient, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours, in recognition of her services to music.
One of the most sought-after violinists of her generation, her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. She is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe and this continues across the 2019-20 season with concerts throughout the UK, Europe, America and Australia.