Nicky Thomas has worked in arts media relation since 1995. Seven years at London’s Barbican Centre involved PR for the classical and contemporary music programmes and corporate communications for the Centre’s 25th birthday celebrations. In January 2008, Nicky Thomas set up her own media consultancy and is based in London working for clients across Europe.
Career highlights include collaborating with a diverse array of artists and music organisations such as English National Opera, Musica per Roma, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre, the Manning Camerata and Les Talens Lyriques, on a wide range of projects, from music to opera, festival of maths and hybrid multi-arts genres.
Having studied Classics (Latin & Greek) at King’s College London and Bologna University in Italy with part-time courses in piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and with the Head of Keyboard at the Conservatorio di Bologna, Nicky Thomas moved straight into a career in music.
As an Associate Producer, Nicky has worked with film director Phil Grabsky on the critically acclaimed documentaries In Search of Mozart and In Search of Beethoven. For her clients, she now produces short promotional videos and films with a team of specialist directors, cameramen and editors.
After 7 years at the Barbican, Nicky Thomas set up initially as a consultant in Rome. From there, she forged contacts with the European and international media to offer clients such as the the Orchestra del’Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Les Talens Lyriques international media campaigns for their international touring. Returning to London, Nicky Thomas consolidated the business and gradually expanded to take on more clients and employing colleagues to manage the growing client base.
Now 7 years on, many of the initial motivations for setting up as an international media relations consultant have come to fruition – drawing attention to many Italian musicians and companies little known abroad, promoting emerging companies, charities, musicians and composers and shining a light on overlooked aspects of the industry. We continue to work with many of the same organisations we began the business with and helping them to grow on the international platform. The last decade has been filled with frustrations, successes and joy, helping musicians gain the recognition they deserve and giving them an opportunity to express their passion for music to wider audiences.
More recently, Nicky Thomas is proud to have joined the board of music charity Polyphony based in Nazareth bringing together Jewish and Arab musicians at a time when our world is becoming more polarized by cultural misunderstanding.×