Nia Williams

Last edited by Nia Williams on 15 August 2020
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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
Performing Melody at the Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon
Four video performances included in the online Edinburgh Fringe 2020

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; plays and several musicals. I founded and run a theatre company, Three Chairs and a Hat, to stage my work and new writing, and to collaborate on workshops and projects. 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 stage production, 'Melody', has played in several spaces in Oxfordshire and the south, and was booked to play at the Phoenix Arts Club in London and the Space on the Mile in Edinburgh for 2020. Both productions have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but Three Chairs and a Hat were included in an online version of the Edinburgh Fringe, with three videos of my work and one of another writer, Jane Hainsworth. Links to these videos are attached below. 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. With dance artists Roosa Leimu-Brown and Louisa Dalton I run workshops as MuMo (music and movement), including a series of sessions for older participants commissioned by the Museum of Rural Life at the University of Reading; and weekly online Dance for Parkinson's sessions during the Covid-19 lockdown, which we plan to extend going into 2021. I'm the resident MD and pianist for Opera Anywhere, a professional touring company bringing opera and operetta to new audiences; a regular pianist for Oxford Opera Company, which stages operas with professional soloists and community chorus; 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.

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Three Chairs and a Hat:
'Haunted'; 'The Singing Lesson'; 'Lady M'; 'Pamela Drysdale's Lockdown'— (under Theatre)