As a classical soprano Wendy has appeared with over 30 leading orchestras, including the BBC Symphony (at the 2018 proms), Berlin Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra, the Tokyo and American Symphony Orchestras, the London Sinfonietta and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, a performance recorded for Deutsche Gramophone described by the Telegraph as an “Exceptionally fine release.” Recently in Opera she performed the world premiere of Stockhausen’s “Mittwoch aus Licht” & Britten’s Peter Grimes with the LPO in China & the UK. At the National Theatre she was soloist for the three month production of ‘Women Beware Women’.
She is a regular concert soloist around the UK and as well as recitals has performed most of the oratorio repertoire including: Mozart Mass in C minor, Exsultate Jubilate & Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah, Poulenc Gloria, Haydn Nelson Mass, Handel Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria, Rutter Magnificat, Beethoven Mass in C, Bach St Matthew’s Passion, Magnificat in D & the Christmas Oratorio & Faure’s Requiem.
As a jazz singer Wendy has sung with many of the country’s leading jazz musicians including Digby Fairweather and Denys Baptiste, at the Southend International Jazz festival with Dame Cleo Laine, for the British Jazz Foundation in Harlow, Ronnie Scotts, the Jazz Cafe, Pizza Express (London) and the Stables in Wavendon. As a solo artist she has toured in Italy, Austria & the UK, including a performance at Florence’s beautiful Theatre Del Sale.
Previously she spent five years touring the world with a cappella group The Swingle Singers with whom she recorded five albums, performed around 400 concerts and sang at La Scala Milan and Chatelet Paris.
She was vocal coach to Michael Caine on his film ‘Is Anybody There?’ and has featured vocals and voiceover on three “Total Greek Yoghurt” adverts playing a singing cow! Her very extensive studio work includes recording for Bryn Terfel, Paul McCartney, Robin Gibbs, film sound tracks including Star Wars III, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter & the Hobbit and many more. (www.bcu.ac.uk)
And here´s her debut album a a jazz singer.
BBC Radio 3 Presenter Claire Martin, features ‘Empty Beach’ and describes Wendy as “an extraordinarily versatile vocalist” on Jazz Line-up. (Jazz Line-Up, BBC Radio 3)
“Nieper is a very accomplished vocalist… I am sure she could turn her hand to just about any genre she cares to perform in” (Music Web – International.com)
“Nieper demonstrates her ongoing versatility in an intimate jazz setting” (Jazzwise Mag)
‘Singer Wendy Nieper’s voice, interpreting Olly Fox’s slow jazz score, adds a sultry sexiness.’ (Official London Theatre Guide)
‘…while Olly Fox’s lounge-jazz score and sultry singing from Wendy Nieper adds to the insidiously seductive ambience’. (Music OMH – Neil Dowden)
‘Wendy Nieper’s scatting is gorgeous and heartstopping’ (Recorded A Cappella Review Board, USA)
‘Finally, – the dashingly beautiful Wendy Nieper had her chance to prove her fabulous vocals’ (Inkpot reviewers, Singapore)
Oh yes … a lady sings Jazz … what a wonderful lady !
Wendy Nieper (vocals)
Roland Perrin (piano)
Digby Fairweather (trumpet on 05.)
Dave Moses (bass, background vocals on 07.)
Helder Pack (drums on 07. – 09.)
Guy Silk (drums on 01. – 05.)
01. Blower’s Daughter (Rice) 4.47
02. Retrospective Waltz (Perrin) 5.13
03. Solomente (Neruda/Nieper/Perrin) 4.53
04. What’ll It Be? (Nieper/Perrin) 3.14
05. Empty Beach (Nieper/Perrin) 7.11
06. Persuasion (Perrin) 3.13
07. Poinciana (Bernier/Simon) 5.18
08. Good Bait (Basie/Dameron) 4.03
09. Tree (Nieper/Perrin) 4.03
10. My One and Only Love (Mellin/Wood) 4.10