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OSO Soloist: Nigel Blomily

Nigel Blomily was born in Manchester in 1947. He began to study music when he was 14 and eventually studied the cello with Leonard Baker. After a short period of training he began to play with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra where he shortly became principal cello and continued his studies with the distinguished cellist Derek Simpson.

In 1970, he returned to Manchester to take up an appointmnet with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra where he is now sub-principal cello. In addition to solo appearances, Nigel has a considerable reputation as a chamber music player, performing and broadcasting with many ensembles. In 1972, he formed a duo with the notable pianist Peter Smith and is also a member of the As Solem Ensemble which is resident at Manchester University.

Nigel Blomily became the principal cellist of the BBC Concert Orchestra in London in 1981. With them he appeared regularly as a soloist in such programmes as Matinee Musicale on Radio 3 and Friday Night is Music Night on Radio 2. Nigel was principal cello tutor at Cheethams School of Music in Manchester, where he also carried out orchestral coaching. He later studied with the great Pierre Fournier in Switzerland.

Nigel has played Dvorak Cello Concerto (1984) and Fauré Elegy and Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No 1 with Oldham Symphony Orchestra.

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