Nicholas Ormrod was a pupil of James Blades and is a graduate of Surrey University. He has been a Principal Percussionist in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden since 2004. Prior to this he worked as a free-lance player for over twenty years covering most aspects of the music industry. His orchestral experience includes performing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia, and the English Chamber Orchestra. In the theatre, Nicholas worked at the Royal National Theatre (Guys and Dolls, Candide, and the UK premiere of Sunday in the Park with George), the Royal Shakespeare Company (Happy End, Wizard of Oz) and in the West End (Carousel at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Oliver! at the London Palladium). He has a particular interest in authentic performance practice and has performed with many period instrument ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Kings Consort. In the studio Nicholas has worked on various films (The Russia House, Merchant of Venice) and numerous tv and radio jingles. He has held teaching positions at the Royal College of Music and at Dartington College. Nicholas is actively involved with the Percussive Arts Society (Board of Directors, International and Symphonic Committees) and is Chair of the National Association of Percussion Teachers UK.