Nia Williams

Last edited by Nia Williams on 24 August 2019
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Daddy's Girls, a musical by Nia Williams, performed at the Old Fire Station
Smoke & Mirrors, a musical play based on Kurt Weill songs, was staged at the Old Fire Station and performed by Nia Williams and Rebecca Martin
The cast of Verity performing at the Space on the Mile, Edinburgh

I'm a freelance musician and writer based in Oxford. My work includes six novels and many short stories (some of which have been broadcast on BBC radio); compositions for choirs, dance companies and musical theatre groups; and several musicals, which I stage under the name 'Three Chairs and a Hat'. One of my musicals, 'Verity', earned a four-star review at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe—links to videos and cast recordings are attached below. My latest production, 'Melody', has played in several Oxford spaces and goes to Ross on Wye and Abingdon in the autumn. Apart from writing and composing, my work includes leading and co-leading workshops for organisations such as the English National Ballet, whose Dance for Parkinson's workshops I co-lead and accompany; Creation Theatre (writing songs and musically directing for their 'create a musical play' sessions); Live Nation Theatre (accompanying and teaching musical theatre workshops); the Royal Academy of Music (leading workshops on my musical theatre compositions); Flourish, an organisation bringing the arts to people with dementia; and the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot, where I lead 'create a show in a day' children's sessions. I'm the resident MD and pianist for Opera Anywhere, a professional touring company bringing opera and operetta to new audiences; and I MD and accompany for music and theatre groups, choirs, dancers, singers and instrumentalists, schools and colleges. My work ranges across all ages and abilities, from 6 to adult and from absolute beginners to professional musicians.