Mezzo Soprano Nancy Cole enjoys a varied career of solo work and consort singing. Nancy is based in London where she is a permanent member of the BBC singers and regular soloist with them. When not at the BBC she tours with the country’s leading ensembles. In 2019 she was a chorus member of Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars’ staged tour of Bach’s St John Passion. In 2016/17, Nancy performed in the 3-month sellout production of All the Angels at the Sam Wannamaker Theatre, The Globe. She is also a regular performer in the Brighton Early Music Festival where she was a soloist in the festival’s production of La Liberazzione di Ruggiero, November 2015 and Peace in Europe: A concert for armistice day (November 2018). A regular performer in the York Early Musical Festival, Nancy was a soloist in Schutz: Celebration, invention and deprivation (July 2018), Handel, Vivaldi and Haydn (December 2017) and Bach’s St Matthew Passion (July 2017). Recital appearances include St Martin in the Fields, The Handel House Museum and the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. She is a member of the Tower of London chapel choir.
Brought up in Lancaster, Nancy was a Choral Scholar at St Edmund Hall Oxford 2006-2009, where she studied music. She then gained a distinction in her Music Masters at York University and spent one year further training for a graduate diploma at the Royal College of Music. In 2011-2012, Nancy was part of the inaugural year of The Sixteen’s training programme, Genesis Sixteen, led by Harry Christophers.