In September 2017, Nikkila started her Vocal and Opera degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff. She is currently under the tutelage of Elizabeth Atherton. During this time she has been working particularly close with Stevie Wood, a coach at RWCMD and WNO. Nikkila is an Alto at the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
Nikkila started singing at the age of 6 with The Hywel Girls Choir and Boy Singers based in Llanelli, and remained a chorister with them for 12 years becoming the senior soloist. She achieved a Distinction in Grade 8 Classical Singing (ABRSM) with Penny Ryan OBE.
Nikkila attended Gower College Swansea where she studied music, law, photography and Classical Civilisations. During her time there she had a scholarship to attend the Swansea Philharmonic Choir whose musical director is Jonathan Rogers. This gave her the opportunity to widen her knowledge and sing more challenging classical repertoire. She performed with the Swansea Philharmonic Choir Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Nikkila has also performed as soloist with Dunvant Male Choir.
2016 was a significant year for Nikkila. She sang the role of The Youth in Mendelsohn’s Elijah with Gary Griffiths in St David’s Cathedral; the solo soprano in John Rutter’s Magnifcat conducted by Ros Evans and gained a place with The Charles Wood Singers conducted by Dr. David Hill singing in the Charles Wood Music Festival celebrating Charles Wood’s music. At the Charles Wood Festival they performed Haydn’s Insanae Et Vanae Curae, Mozart’s Spatzenmesse, Byrd’s Laudibus In Sanctus, and Moore’s Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffur.