Nick Bhattacharjee is an experienced, professional, respected flautist based in Liverpool, UK. A truly versatile player who performs as a soloist and as an orchestral player.
His music has taken him from touring around the world with different orchestras to performing with, indie rock legends, James.
Nick became Co-principal of the Orchestra of the Swan in 1997, based in Stratford-upon-Avon. He has toured with orchestras to America (New York Alice Tully Hall), Switzerland, China, Germany (Berlin Konzerthaus), France, Austria and Holland (Royal Concertgebouw). Having played for Royalty on several occasions and at the BBC Proms, Nick is used to a big occasion.
He has also performed with indie rock legends like James, and Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel.
In 2013 Nick performed with three other musicians in the BBC's adaptation for CBeebies of Northern Ballet's production of The Ugly Duckling. This was a 'short ballet for children' and the production won a BAFTA Award.
Since then Nick has played for two more children's ballets; The Three Little Pigs 2013/14 and The Elves and the Shoe Maker 2014/15
"NICK HAS BEEN A VALUED CORE MEMBER OF ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN FOR SOME YEARS NOW. HIS CALM, HELPFUL, FRIENDLY DEMEANOUR COMBINED WITH HIS TECHNICAL AND CHAMBER MUSIC ABILITIES MAKE HIM A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH AND HAVE IN THE ORCHESTRA"
Charlotte Hunt, Orchestra Manager, OOTS
Other orchestral credits include:
• The Welsh Chamber Orchestra (PRINCIPAL)
• European Opera Centre (PRINCIPAL)
• The National Festival Orchestra (PRINCIPAL)
• English National Ballet
• The National Symphony Orchestra (PRINCIPAL)
• The Mozart Festival Orchestra
• The National Concert Orchestra
• Liverpool Sinfonia (PRINCIPAL)
• English Symphony Orchestra (PRINCIPAL)
"…An ebullient and invaluable disc for all devotees of Bax and Ireland…"
"…a radically fresh interpretation beautifully played and recorded and fans of the piece will want to hear it…"
International Record Review
"…Schumann’s ‘Rhenish’ Symphony is given a superb outing, gloriously joyous, exuberant and generously lyrical, sensitively addressed and lovingly detailed…"
"…well-made music and the Swan does it proud…"
"…this brilliant, exuberant work…"
The Arts Desk
"…Another fine recording, then, from Kenneth Woods and the Orchestra of the Swan…"
Classical CD Review
"…This account is a joy to hear from start to finish, perfectly paced and superbly played."
ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN AT BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL
"...The Birmingham performance was astonishing. I know and love this symphony so well, but wasn’t prepared for the brightness, clarity and well-balanced tone Curtis and his players delivered. This chamber-sized orchestra clicked with detail, accents were spot-on and no-nonsense, and structures were well-built."
RECORDINGS AND REVIEWS
Nick began his musical studies at Chetham's School of music where he studied with Alan Lockwood.
He then went on to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where, after three years of principal study flute with Richard Chester MBE he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree.
Nick then moved on to the Birmingham Conservatoire where he continued his flute tuition with Kevin Gowland and graduated with a Master of Arts with Distinction.
Nick is passionate about teaching and being able to help students develop their understanding of music, encouraging self expression through the instrument. With many years of teaching experience at a wide range of standards and ages Nick's a great choice to help your child get to the next level.
"NICK IS WITHOUT DOUBT A TOP CLASS TEACHER AND AN EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED AND INSPIRING FLAUTIST."
"NICK IS A WONDERFUL, WARM, INSPIRATIONAL TEACHER AND PERSON, WHO HAS GUIDED ME ON A SPECIAL MUSICAL JOURNEY, FROM NOVICE TO DIPLOMA"
Nick holds a Woodwind Teaching Endorsement from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has students from Junior School all the way up to University level
His ongoing commitment to teaching includes:
• Music Education Projects with The Orchestra of the Swan,
• St. Edwards College, Liverpool,
• Archbishop Blanch School, Liverpool,
• Liverpool Hope University,
• Private Tuition at home.