THE ACADEMY of ST OLAVE’S Alexandra Nightingale

Alexandra Nightingale is the Academy’s principal oboe. She also plays with York Guildhall Orchestra and teaches oboe at York Minster and Bootham Schools.

Alexandra Nightingale

Oboe Soloist

Alexandra is the Academy’s principal oboe. She also plays with the York Guildhall Orchestra and teaches oboe at York Minster and Bootham Schools.

Alexandra first played with the Academy of St Olave’s in the 1990s, when she arrived in Yorkshire to teach Classics at Ampleforth College. After several years away, she returned to York in 2006 and is now the Academy’s principal oboe. She also plays with the Guildhall Orchestra and York Musical Society, sings Alto in the choir at St Olave’s Church and teaches the oboe at the Minster and Bootham Schools.

Alexandra first encountered the fragment of this Mozart F major concerto as a facsimile in the Fitzwilliam Museum when she went up to read Classics at Cambridge in 1989. She and her father spent a very happy day copying it out, intending perhaps to complete it one day, but it was not until they heard Robert Levin’s version as part of Radio 3’s Mozart series in January that they realised with some relief that this had already been done. She writes “it is a great joy to be able to perform this delightful piece after what feels like a long and intimate acquaintance.”

Alexandra teaches Latin online and at her children’s primary school.

September 2011

Alexandra Nightingale
Concerto performances with the Academy of St Olave’s

Saturday 20 January 2018

NIELSEN: Wind Quintet, Op.43

Diana Clough flute, Alexandra Nightingale oboe,
Lesley Schatzberger clarinet, Charles Miller bassoon,
Mark Sykes horn


Saturday 24 June 2017

BARBER: Summer Music, for wind quintet, Op.31

Diana Clough flute, Alexandra Nightingale oboe,
Lesley Schatzberger clarinet, Isabel Dowell bassoon,
Mark Sykes horn


Saturday 23 January 2016

BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major, BWV. 1046

Claire Jowett violin,
Alexandra Nightingale, Christina Young, Jane Wright oboe
Isabel Gamov bassoon
Miho Fletcher, Les McCormack horn


Saturday 24 September 2011

MOZART: Oboe Concerto in F, K293