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James Wolfe

Musical Director / Conductor

James studied Clarinet and Saxophone at Trinity College of Music London. He has enjoyed a varied teaching career at Harrow Music Service. James has pursued an active conducting life and has held professional conducting posts inclusive of Barnet Band and Hertfordshire Concert Band, Mill Hill Operatic Society, Finchley Symphonic Wind Orchestra. His great love of musical theatre music comes from his pit band playing experience in numerous shows and operas at Holland Park Theatre. James continues his orchestral playing in various orchestras.

Mel Nicholls


Mel founded the City Showtunes Orchestra (CSO) in September 2012 so that City-based musicians could get together to play well-loved music in a welcoming and sociable environment. Other orchestras tend to follow a set format so Mel felt there was room for a more fun, less formulaic orchestra, and she encourages CSO members to request music that they’d like to play.

Mel started learning the flute aged 11, and went on to teach herself the piano and guitar. Music is a big part of her life and she has played in orchestras at school, church, university and then in The City when she moved to London in 2000. She warmly welcomes players of all standards to come along to a rehearsal to see if the City Showtunes Orchestra is for them!

CSO Committee

The City Showtunes Orchestra relies on the hard work of our committee to help out with various roles behind-the-scenes. They are all volunteers and members of the orchestra.

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