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Roger Nichols
2008 -
Roger Nichols
Roger Nichols
Roger Nichols 
After studying music at Oxford in the early 1960s with Edmund Rubbra, Roger Nichols taught in various schools and universities before becoming a freelance writer, editor, pianist and broadcaster in 1980. He studied piano with Robert Collet, and with Magda Tagliaferro in Paris.

For some years he broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3, presenting the drive-time programme Mainly for Pleasure and writing and presenting many music documentaries.

Roger Nichols has written, translated and contributed to over twenty books, mostly on French composers since 1870. These include biographies of Ravel and Debussy, the Poulenc article in the sixth edition of Grove’s Dictionary, and most recently The Harlequin Years, a history of music in Paris from 1917 to 1929. He currently reviews CDs and books for the BBC Music Magazine.

He has edited numerous volumes of French music for Peters Edition, including two entitled The Art of French Song and the complete songs of Duparc. Roger Nichols gives regular classes on the mélodie at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He continues to perform the music that he loves as soloist, accompanist and in chamber ensembles and lives in the Welsh Marches with his wife, two cats and a Staffordshire bull terrier.

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