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David Nicholson was born in 1938 in Newcastle and educated at Newcastle Royal Grammar School. He studied flute under Geoffrey Gilbert at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then also in Nice with Jean-Pierre Rampal and Canterbury with Marcel Moyse. He moved to Edinburgh in 1963 to teach and develop his love of chamber music. There he founded the Bernicia Ensemble and the Amphion Wind Quintet and was a founder-member of the New Music Group of Scotland, directed by Edward Harper. In 1974 he was instrumental in founding the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, in which he served as principal flute until his retirement in 2000. His passion for teaching led to an association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland lasting over forty years. He also taught in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, ran the Edinburgh Flute Course and gave many classes around Britain and abroad. He died in October 2010 at his home in Fife. His legacy is memorialised by his bequest of music, papers and a scholarship fund at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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