Nichola was born in Southport, Lancashire and started her musical studies at Chethams School of Music, Manchester, initially playing the oboe before changing to flute. She later studied at Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire, and then at the Royal Northern College of Music, with Trevor Wye, Kate Hill, and Colin Chambers, and on piccolo with Patricia Morris.
She has taken part in many flute master classes with well known flautists, including James Galway, William Bennett, Geoffrey Gilbert, and Aureole Nicolet.
Nichola is a freelance musician, playing flute, piccolo, and alto flute. She has a busy, successful career working with many of the major British orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic, Halle and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras. Nichola has been a member of the Northern Chamber Orchestra for over 20 years, with whom she has performed as soloist also, and made several highly acclaimed CD recordings too. Nichola is also a core-member of Sinfonia Viva, the orchestra based in the East Midlands. Nichola greatly enjoys the wide spectrum of varied music and education projects that both these chamber orchestras perform and deliver.
Nichola has performed many solo concerti, and has given receital concerts all over Great Britain. She enjoys working in chamber music groups, and has appeared on television (regularly on BBC Songs of Praise) and on radio. Nichola also combines her freelance performing with a busy teaching career, working with all ages and abilities of students.
She has taken part in many Education Projects with various music services in different regions of the UK.