Evelyn has held a broad range of teaching roles at universities around the world
She has been a visiting lecturer and tutor at Fitzwilliam College and Homerton College, Cambridge, University of Western Australia, University of Iowa City, USA and the Northern Territory University, Darwin, Australia. She has taught students from the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and others from Trinity, Guildhall and London Colleges of Music, and the North East of Scotland Music School. Summer school teaching includes Victoria, Adelaide and Western Australia Guilds, Recorder Week in Wellington, New Zealand, Colorado Recorder Society, USA, as well as courses in England, Scotland, Holland and France.
Evelyn has made a special study of early-18th-century dance, working with the baroque dance scholar Dr Moira Goff, and has recreated the score for the very first ballet ever, The Loves of Mars & Venus, (first performed in 1717). She has given workshops and lectures on various aspects of baroque performance practice for branches of the Society of Recorder Players throughout the country. Previous historical-based projects include the formation of the innovative early music/jazz group Respectable Groove; their take on Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas integrates improvisation with written compositions. (‘If you like ground-breaking, cage-rattling recordings, this is for you.’ Early Music Today). Based on this recording, Evelyn devised a programme with Respectable Groove and the French baroque dancer Gilles Poirier called Dido’s Got the Blues. The reviewer at the Newbury Festival performance wrote: ’The whole evening was, simply, wonderful...The whole ensemble, musicians and dancer, explored and exposed the passions within Purcell’s masterpiece in a way that very few early music performers do....The whole performance was utterly compelling, a tour de force of baroque dance and jazz music.’ Evelyn has given concerts all over the world, has played at the Wigmore Hall many times, the South Bank Centre in London, the Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall, on BBC TV and radio and in the USA, South America, Australia and New Zealand. When she toured Australia, Melbourne’s Herald described her as ‘glorious’.
The recorder band Zero Gravity was formed by Evelyn Nallen to give accomplished amateur and semi-professional recorder players access to group music-making of a high standard and the opportunity to work with professionals. They gave their first concert in June 2011 with the David Gordon Trio, an established jazz trio with an international reputation. Zero Gravity has also given the first performances of several works commissioned by the Society of Recorder Players, including A Family Likeness by Gavin Bryars and Lightdance by Jonathan Dove. Their next concert will be at the Greenwich Early Music Festival this coming November where they will be joined by the BBC Young Musician Finalists Charlotte-Barbour Condini and Sophie Westbrooke.