Llanelli born mezzo soprano Nikkila is one of LARS’ newest members, joining in December 2018. She is rapidly making her mark as a singer. Under the auspices of LARS she performed as a Guest Soloist at Ffwrness Theatre, Llanelli, at their St David’s Day Concert and at All Saints Church in Oystermouth. Nikkila has also performed in several LARS events including in A Night with the Stars Gala Concert at Ffwrnes Theatre, and in Margam Orangery.
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 regularly performing in classical recitals and concerts as well as being chosen to sing as part of Royal Welsh Colleges’ Chamber Choir. In March of 2019 Nikkila was selected to be in the Chorus of Edward Barnes’ opera, ‘The Hiding Tree’. This production toured around local schools in Cardiff and in June was performed at Wales Millennium Centre in conjunction with the Welsh National Opera Company, as part of their community music project for children.
Nikkila was awarded a bursary for her third year to sing with the BBC National Chorus of Wales and was chosen to sing in the off-stage semi-chorus in Berlioz L’enfance du Christ which was live streamed on BBC Radio 3. She was also selected to tour as a member of a quartet with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, performing in their family concert. She performed on two consecutive weekends, one in St. Davids Hall, Cardiff and one in Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Nikkila started singing at the young age of 6 with The Hywel Girls Choir and Boy Singers and remained a chorister with them for 12 years becoming the senior soloist.
Nikkila attended Gower College Swansea where she studied photography, law, music, and classical civilisations, attaining an A*, A, B, B. During her studies she had a scholarship to attend the Swansea Philharmonic Choir. Nikkila has also performed as soloist with Dunvant Male Choir at their annual Remembrance concert in 2016. In June of 2017, she was the Soprano soloist in the Schubert Mass in G and had an opportunity in that concert to showcase her classical repertoire. Whilst at college, Nikkila achieved a distinction in her Grade 8 ABRSM Singing exam under the tutelage of Penny Ryan OBE.
Summer 2019, Nikkila was invited to be the Guest Artist with Burry Port Male Voice Choir. It was a spectacular night which ended in an encore and a wonderful standing ovation. In late February 2020, she was Guest Soloist with Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir at their St. Davids’ Day concert in aid of Marie Curie.