(Jon Davies, The Skinny, 2014)


Lucy pictured with Seraph Brass at the premiere of 'Ourorobos' (10th June 2017)

In June 2017, Lucy was invited as a guest artist and speaker to the International Women's Brass Conference in Philadelphia. She was commissioned to write two new compositions that received premieres at the conferece: 'Luminaries' (commissioned and performed by Dr Amy Schumaker Bliss) and Ouroboros (commissioned by IWBC and performed by Seraph Brass) Lucy also gave a presentation on her work within the brass band genre

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Lucy appeared at the conference alongside international brass artists such as Velvet Brown (tuba/euphonium), Monarch Brass, Joanna Ross-Hersey (tuba/euphonium). Misa Mead (euphonium), Carol Jarvis (trombone) Donna Parkes (trombone), Abby Conant (trombone), Susan Slaughter (trumpet) and Sharon Moe (horn). Superb ensembles such as Monarch Brass, the Athena Brass Band, Seraph Brass and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and esteemed composers, such as Faye-Ellen Silverman and Dorothy Gates

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(left) Lucy with Amy Schumaker Bliss, IWBC 2017 at the premiere of 'Luminaries' (right) with Faye-Ellen Silverman and Dorothy Gates

took place in June 2016 as part of a project with bait/time to (Creative People and Places) to promote artistic practice within the community and celebrating the rich heritage of brass bands within Northumberland. Lucy worked with members of of Ashington Colliery, Bedlington Youth and Community, Ellington Colliery and Jayess Newbiggin brass bands, with members of the Music Partnership North Northumberland Mini Bands to create a mutli-media brass band spectacular - reflecting on local heritage and celebrating the future of brass in the area. She collaborated with a team of artists; , and to run workshops and document the project from start to finish in a series of films, interviews, animations and images. The premiere was given at the 2016 Miners' Picnic, with an encore performance at the Sage, Gateshead. The event was also nominated for a 2017 Jounal Culture Award, with the bands invited to perform again in Hexham Abbey

Massed bands performance at the Sage, Gateshead 12th June 2016

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Members of Ashington Colliery, Bedlington Youth and Community, Ellington Colliery and Jayess Newbiggin brass bands, with members of the Music Partnership North Northumberland Mini Bands at the Miners' Picnic premiere of REFLECTION CONNECTION - 11th June 2016

The Accent Music Hub MOB - outside Wembley Arena before their debut performance of 'Splinters' - 6th July 2016

'Splinters' was a collaborative commission with composer Paul McGhee for the Accent Music Hub MOB ensemble. Lucy and Paul worked with Chris Bastock (Director of Halton and Warrington Music Support Service) and Graham Proctor to prepare the ensemble for their debut performance as guests of Brent Music Service for their bi-annual celebration, taking place at Wembley Arena. The players ranged from 8-18 and from pre grade 1 to post grade 8, so the music was completely bespoke for them, offering personal challenges and collaborative opportunities with like-minded young musicians. The group worked tirelessly for 10 weeks on , memorising the music and choreography, ultimately performing in front of 7000 people at Wembley. The group gave an encore performance at the 2017 Music for Youth festival and are currently working on their new project 'Grimm Tales 2018'

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'Voices From No Man's Land' was the opening event for the 2014 Ageas Salisbury Arts Festival. Performed within the cloisters at Salisbury Cathedral, the project was presented as an immersive sound installation, where the stories, songs and sounds were ever-changing within the performance - seeing the events from many perspectives; both spatially and narratively. The audience were offered the freedom to move around during the performance and listen from different locations, whilst the 100 male vocal 'recruits' perform songs, trench calls and narrations based on letters, historical documents and recollections from Christmas 1914. In 2014, Lucy was selected as a featured artist with the Arts Council-funded Immix Ensemble, based in Liverpool. This saw her be appointed as joint composer-in-residence with John McGrath (Liverpool University) for a project that culminated in a performance and recording in November 2014. Lucy and John collaborated on several works and performed together in the concert with Lucy’s Cantabiles, for tenor horn (with effects pedals) and guitar. In 2008, Lucy was asked to compose a piece for Northern Rail. In association with the Royal Northern College of Music, the work was to head a programme of music inspired by rail travel to commemorate 40 years since the ‘end of steam’; when the last steam engine travelled on British rails in 1968. 'Newton Heath Variations' utilises two brass bands, a steam train and diesel train to chronologically illustrate the journey through the life of the British railway and Newton Heath Maintenance Depot. Dr. Nicolas Childs conducted the RNCM and Wardle Anderson bands in the premiere at Newton Heath Depot to great appreciation from audience, performers and Northern rail executives alike. As a music educator and animateur, Lucy has composed numerous pieces for youth ensembles, including 3minuteWARNING for the Foden’s Youth Brass Band/Manger Folkehøgskule and Silent Guardians (based on the myths of the Liver Birds) for the Sefton Youth String Orchestra. Most recently, she completed a special commission for the Macclesfield Youth Brass Bands to mark their tenth anniversary. 'Brass Roots; Musical Wings' brought together all four MYBB ensembles in an 18-minute work, premiered at the RNCM as part of their anniversary concert in July 2015. The piece was also shortlisted for a Britosh Composer Award in 2016. Over the last 6 years, Lucy has also developed and delivered a whole-class programme of music for KS2 beginner brass and is currently compiling a collection of educational pieces for youth ensembles and soloists. The latest ABRSM Brass syllabus features some of Lucy’s works, as published in the new Shining Brass books. In 2014/15, Lucy was involved in a Comenius project with Warrington Council to help groups of KS3 pupils compose for an animated film. She also regularly leads composition workshops and will be working with Halton Borough Council from September 2015 to deliver educational music composition projects in Primary Schools in Widnes and Runcorn.

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The brass quartet in Salisbury Cathedral, May 2014

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Lucy has been involved with several projects as composer-in-residence of , including: 'Wicked' ('Best New Composition Award, 2007 U.S. Open, Chicago) 'In Pitch Black' (2011 BCA, featured on the 2010 Wingates CD 'Perspectives of Pretoria') 'Legacy' (for David Thornton, Gary Curtin and Lewis Musson - featured on 2013 CD 'From Fifes To Fanfares - and Fame') 'Th'owfen Raconteurs' (funded by PRS for Music and also featured on the band's 2013 CD 'From Fifes To Fanfares - and Fame') 'VOX AURI' (for the band's forthcoming 2015 CD celebrating a century of recordings) March 2012 saw the premiere of Lucy's 'TICKET 250654' which was dedicated to the musicians aboard the Titanic, as part of the BASBWE London Festival. In addition to her work with brass, Lucy has also worked closely with the Lunar Saxophone Quartet (based in London) which has resulted in works such as 'Diaphanousphere'; featured on the LSQ’s Flux CD and 'Folly Fantastic'; commissioned for the 2009 Deal Music Festival. 'Borealis (into blue)' for four saxophones and string ensemble, was premiered in December 2012, commissioned by the BOREALIS SAXOPHONE QUARTET, based in Manchester and features on their debut CD 'The North'. In 2010, Lucy was commissioned by international Euphonium soloist, David Thornton to create a new work for brass quintet and soloist. 'Tiamat' was premiered at the RNCM Festival of brass, received an encore performance at the ITeC in the USA and was recorded in August 2014 for the 'Parallel Realities' CD. David also gave the premiere of 'Susurration' for euphonium and electronics in October 2014. This is the first in a series of electroacoustic pieces for euphonium. Brett Baker also commissioned Lucy to compose a new trombone piece for the 2014 ITF in New York. 'M6 TROLL' for solo trombone, audio track (and optional narration) was also recorded in 2015. Lucy's current research at the RNCM is with the traditional British Brass Band in atypical settings. This includes the application of electronics, brass with voices and projects that challenge the traditional concert stereotype. PATHWAYS for the 2015 Durham Brass Festival is an example of this - composed for three brass bands. The work explores different musical 'pathways' through the piece, using different compositional techniques for each band's theme. Other projects such as 'STRATUM STRATUS' for euphonium and baritone ensemble, 'DIP' for the A4 Brass Quartet or 'Imaginary Monster' and 'Atomic Plumage' for Exit_Brass! also explore unusual brass instrumentation. PATHWAYS is a commission project for three brass bands, supported by Arts Council England, Durham County Council and the NRBBT. It was premiered in the Gala Theatre as part of the 2015 Brass; Durham International Arts Festival, featuring the Cory Band (cond. Philip Harper), the Tredegar Town Band (cond. Ian Porthouse) and the Reg Vardy Band (cond. John Roberts) The three ensembles combine into a massed band - exploring different 'pathways' through the music, as an allegorical reference to the unifying elements of the brass band movement.

(L-R) Lewis Musson, Gary Curtin, David Thornton and Lucy at the premiere of 'Legacy' and 'Th'owfen Raconteurs' in 2013


Immix Ensemble in rehearsal at METAL, Liverpool November 2014

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Lucy with the Borealis Saxophone Quartet and the RNCM String Ensemble, December 2012

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'May' the steam engine with Dr. Nicholas Childs and the RNCM Brass Band at Newton Heath Train Depot, July 2008

The A4 Brass Quartet performing 'DIP' at the RNCM Gold Medal Competition

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Above: MYBB Youth and Junior Bands in rehearsal Below: The massed ensembles of MYBB performing 'Brass Roots; Musical Wings' at the RNCM, July 2015

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is the second project Lucy has worked on with MYBB and was premiered at the Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield. The title takes its name from the first words to be spoken by Buzz Aldrin as the lunar module touched down on the surface of the moon in 1969. Not surprisingly, the piece has a definite feel of sci-fi about it and uses a number of additional electronic media in addition to the brass band. The wonderful, inimitable OBE kindly recorded narrations for the piece - guiding us through the cosmic musical journey.

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Above: Cory (left) and Tredegar (right) on stage at the Gala Theatre, Durham for the premiere performance of PATHWAYS. The Reg Vardy Band were positioned around the audience to give an antiphonal music experience

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