Brooksby Melton College alumnus Nikki Pope performed a selection of songs from her ‘Electric Energy’ and ‘Karma Déjà vu’ EPs at the 2017 Leicester Christmas lights switch on at Humberstone Gate West.
BMC student Yolanda Offodile and lecturer Laura Gilchrist were able to join Nikki on stage at the event, performing as her back-up dancers.
Nikki, who is originally from Leicester, studied her Performing Arts qualification at Brooksby Melton College in 2005. Since then, she has relocated to Manhattan, New York, where she completed further studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Nikki is currently spending some time promoting her music in the UK, where BBC Introducing East Midlands recently made her new single, Champagne Tastes, their Track of the Week.
Nikki commented ‘Performing at the ‘Leicester Christmas Light Switch On’ was truly an honour! An absolute dream.
I enrolled on the Musical Theatre course at BMC 12 years ago! It gave me my first taste of truly dedicating my life to the arts, being in an environment where I would mix with like-minded people who all felt passionate about this crazy but beautiful life choice. It also gave me the first taste of a show run – the buzz, the energy and a glimpse of what was to come. It set me up to begin this journey into a full time career and (luckily) I haven’t stopped since!
Just one week after leaving BMC, I moved to Los Angeles. I trained as an Actor for TV & Film and met an array of incredible people, including a very important person who would become my music producer years later when I moved to New York City for drama school. I now live and work between the USA and the UK.
I have released two EP’s that have gone on to be played on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ and, in 2016, I was fortunate to become a BBC introducing Artist – a platform that has opened incredible doors over the past year.
I would definitely recommend BMC for aspiring performers – it will open your eyes to what it is like to commit yourself to different aspects of the industry and will give you an opportunity to get involved with organisations and to meet people who are just like you! There’s nothing like being involved in a theatre community!’
BMC Performing Arts lecturer, Cat Webb, said ‘Nikki was a fantastic student and she always showed great potential. Here at BMC we have been following her journey since she left the College, and we are so proud of everything that she has achieved. She really deserves to do well and we wish her every success for the future!’
Performing Arts students at BMC are able to gain invaluable stage experience from performing to the public in Melton Theatre, a 500 seat commercial theatre housed under the same roof as BMC’s Melton Campus. In addition, as a part of the recent £27.7million college-wide investment, Performing Arts students have benefitted from brand new industry-standard film and television studios, rehearsal studios and performance spaces.
To find out more about Level 2 and Level 3 Performing Arts courses at BMC, click here.
BMC also offers Degrees in Performing Arts. Find out more here.