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Portfolio Objective

This portfolio will present a collection of skills and experience developed over the last 10 years in the creative industries. I have established myself as a versatile classical singer, performer, artist manager, project manager and event’s organiser. I have a varied portfolio of skills which give me the knowledge and capability to progress into the educational sector. This portfolio will showcase evidence of my passion and commitment to my career. This evidence will include my professional website, videos, recordings, news articles, awards/ endorsements and relevant work experience.


“Nicola stands out in my opinion because she does have that drive and ambition. Not only does she have a fantastic voice, she is patient, clever and thoughtful. She listens and takes direction and pulls it off, that’s something you have got to look for in an artist.”

~Sandi Thom Singer/Songwriter and Business Owner

“We were delighted when Nicola agreed to be an Ambassador for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland. Nicola supports all of our social and corporate fundraising events including our Question of Burns and Ladies Lunch, attending either as an ambassador or to perform. When performing, Nicola is always incredibly professional and understands the requirement for attention to detail to ensure the success of the event. Nicola is also a wonderful Ambassador for the Charity and confidently networks and promotes the work that we do to all types of supporters throughout Scotland.”

~ Deborah Roe, Director of Fundraising

I have also gained valuable testimonials from industry professionals including:

Bruce Devlin (STV), Corrie D Marketing, Daruis Campbell, Fred MacAuley, Gerry Cassidy (STV), Glasgows Children’s Charity, Gwyneth Guthrie, Irish Dance Academy, John Young (Young Media), Jamie McGeechan (aka Little Fire), Lorraine Kelly, Nicola Sturgeon, Nicole Scherzinger, Helen Grant and more.



In the past 10 years, I have established myself as a Classical Artist. Through a passion for singing and a commitment to music I have developed a great amount of experience as a live performer and a recording artist.

Professional Website

  • My Story- a full biography of my singing career including testimonials and awards
  • My Music- a collection of Videos and Recordings
  • Galleries- a collection of photos and press cuttings
  • News- a timeline of past and future events
  • Portfolio- Online Portfolio of Work Experience including a Professional CV


Scottish Variety Awards Best New Scottish Band/ Solo Artist Runner Up 2013

Sunday Mail Young Scot Entertainment Award Runner Up 2011

West Sound/ West FM ‘One to Watch’ Award 2010

Retail Trust Search For a Star Winner 2010


‘Somewhere in Time’ Documentary Pilot- The Rising of Nicola Cassells


‘Nessun Dorma’ Live on STV Glasgow’s Riverside Show, Christmas 2014


‘Time To Say Goodbye’ on STV Glasgow’s Live at Five filmed at The Burrell Collection


Rhapsody aka Nicola Cassells and Shy&Drs on The Xfactor 2016 Judges Room Auditions


Press and Radio



I have received a significant amount of support from News Publications and Radio Stations including: The Ayrshire Post, Daily Record, The Sun, Evening Times and The Herald, No1 Magazine, OK! Magazine, The Sunday Mail, Ayrshire Magazine, Music News Scotland, West Sound and West FM Radio, Your Radio, Irvine Beat FM, Radio 2 and more.


In 2013, I was very honoured to accept my role as an official Ambassador for the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Charity. In my role as Charity Ambassador I support the organisation in their vision, missions and values. I do this through contributing my time as a musical artist and a public figure at many of their fundraising events. I also contribute to their fundraising efforts through means of social media platforms alongside Charity Honorary Patron Gordon Ramsay OBE and Patron Duncan Bannatyne OBE .

Evidence of  Charity Ambassador Role


SBH Scotland Charity Events

I have attended and performed at many SBH Scotland fundraising events since becoming an Ambassador. This included events such as their annual ‘A Question of Burns’ Burns Supper, Duncan Bannatyne’s Questionable Ball, ‘Ladies who give an F*’ Lunch, Christmas Celebrations and Concerts, Birthday Celebrations, events involving the supportive Italian Restaurant ‘Fratellis Sarti’ and The Scottish Entertainment Awards.


I have also been involved in various fundraising campaigns including ‘Duncan’s Dirty Deeds’ and the 50th Birthday Celebrations.


Charities I have been involved with, mainly as a performer at events, alongside Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland include: Ayrshire Cancer Support, Beatson Charity, Breast Cancer Care, Cash For Kids, CHAS, Clic Sargent, Combat Stress, Enable Scotland, Erskine Hospital, Glasgow Children’s Hospital, Hansel, Help For Heroes, Malcom Sargent House, Marie Curie, Nordoff Robbins, MS Society, Retail Trust, The Ayrshire Hospice and more.



 Nicola Cassells Music

As a solo independent Music Artist I have developed Management Skills. Throughout the years I have been involved with management companies and Record Labels but ultimately my co-manager Brian Cassells and I have been the driving force behind my music career. The work involved ranges from co-managing gigs, events and live performance, organising a demanding diary, marketing and press communications. In the space of my career I have performed at hundreds of events throughout the UK, had countless TV appearances, press interviews and news features. I have recorded various albums and had an EP Album which reached the Top 25 in the Classical Albums Chart.


Music Harbour Speaks Project

Music Harbour Speaks began as two separate blogs, Music Harbour and Music Speaks. I created and ran the blog site Music Speaks. Its primary purpose was to review music and events along with keeping the readers updated with music news. You can view the blog by following this link:

I then collaborated with Aimee Trainer to expand the project into a Creative Industries Networking Event which would take place along with Music Business School workshops. The Project involved liaising with a school in order to carry out the workshops during class time, organising, researching and planning presentations for each class and to effectively communicate with the secondary school children. The successful Creative Industries Networking Event took place at the HAC in Irvine, we organised the whole event.  To find out more information about Music Harbour Speaks please follow this link:

Music Harbour Speaks Networking Event 2016

Music Harbour Speaks Networking Event 2016




Eventsalive is successful Events Organization company ran by company manager Edd Holloway. Eventsalive regularly organises events for The world-famous gold resort, Turnberry Hotel as well as events in Ayrshire such as West FM’s ‘Cash For Kids’ and Clic Sargent’s ‘James Bond Ball’. The company also organises Weddings, Private Functions and Gala days and has a large roster of celebrity performers.

I have worked with Eventsalive on several occasions over the past 10 years and also worked with him briefly as part of a work- related learning project. My involvement has also included performing at various events organised by Eventsalive. During the work- related learning project I researched Clients/ Artists and Venues, undertook administrational tasks within office, attended live events, acted as artist liaison and carried out stage management roles.


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