Harpist based in the North West who is available for freelance solo and orchestral work, weddings, events and private tuition.
Lucy Nolan began studying the harp at the age of seven with Eira Lynn Jones. After graduating from Oxford University in 2013 with a BA in Music, she returned to study for a Masters in Performance for which she was awarded a Distinction. During her time at Oxford University she was awarded the Margaret Irene Seymour Award, the Archibald Jackson Prize for outstanding postgraduate results and an Alice Horsman Scholarship. As well as performing regularly as a soloist, Lucy is also a keen orchestral player and has worked with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder and Gabor Takacs Nagy as well as with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, Philomusica of Aberystwyth, Amadeus Orchestra, Halle Youth Orchestra, Oxford University Orchestra, Oxford Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble ISIS. Recent projects include performing as part of a contemporary Indian duo for Manasimitra at an event for the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, a programme of Mahler’s songs with Ian Bostridge, Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-flat Op.4 with New Chamber Opera and a production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, A Little Night Music, at the Oxford Playhouse. She gave a performance at the Sheldonian Theatre with the flautist, Aimee Taylor after their chamber group, ‘Flarp’ was awarded the Oxford Philomusica Young Artists’ Platform and performed in the European premiere of 'Scorpions' by Paul Patterson as part of the Chroma Harp Duo. She was recently invited to perform Paul Patterson's solo harp piece, Armistice, in the World Harp Congress 2017 in Hong Kong. As a keen performer of contemporary music she was part of an ensemble of 20 harps who performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and was invited to play in the first performance of a work for harp, flute and viola by Peter Reynolds. She was selected to work with the Norwegian composer, Eyvind Gulbrandsen, as part of a Moving Classics project which will result in the premiere of a new piece at the Hull City of Culture Festival. Lucy is passionate about outreach work and bringing classical music to a wider audience. She recently spent two years teaching at a school in North London as part of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. As well as helping to establish an orchestra and music A level, she secured positions and funding for 5 pupils in the National Orchestra for All and rehearsed with them in preparation for performances at Alexandra Palace and Leeds Arena. She is a keen teacher and as well as having a number of private pupils she is the tutor for the Transpennine Harp Society and has been guest tutor at the Cottingham Harp Course . She also enjoys working as a deputy tutor for Junior RNCM and being involved in the RNCM's Young Harps' scheme. Lucy is currently continuing her development through postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Eira Lynn Jones for which she has been awarded an entrance scholarship. She is grateful to the WM & BW Lloyd Charity Trust, Rotary Club of Darwen, Hilda Clarke Memorial Trust and John Frederick Leach Trust who have helped to fund her studies.
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