Lucy is based in Brighton and sings in various locations across East and West Sussex, Hampshire and London.
Lucy Mair was a music scholar at Rossall School, Lancashire, and graduated in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2003. She then went on to study for a post-diploma in Chamber Music with Stella Silva at Benedetto Marcello Conservatoire, Venice.
Lucy studied with Poppy Holden and Agustìn Fernandez at Newcastle University and was awarded an MMus in Performance and Composition in 2010.
In July 2011, Lucy won a bursary to Dartington International Summer School for masterclasses with Dame Emma Kirkby, Jessica Cash and Nicholas Clapton. She won a bursary again this year for masterclasses with Joan Rodgers and composition with Thea Musgrave and was chosen as a soloist for the final concert, directed by Stephen Cleobury. Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, also highly praised her in a recent masterclass.
Highlights of her engagements in sacred music have included singing as soloist in services at Westminster Abbey, in a project at Hexham Abbey, 'Northumbrian Fragments', and, under the direction of Martin Neary, in the world première of John Tavener’s 'They are all gone into the World of Light'. Performances for Newcastle Early Music Festival have included Bach, Magnificat at The Sage Gateshead and Graun, Der Tod Jesu at King’s Hall. Other recent soloist engagements have included Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Schubert’s Mass in G.
Lucy also enjoys singing contemporary classical music and has sung at Newcastle New Music Festival (Thea Musgrave, Five Love Songs) and for Newcastle University Contemporary Music Ensemble (Nicholas Maw, Six Interiors; Michael Finnissy, Two Motets). With guitarist and composer, Jon O’Flaherty, the Musgrave Duo performs new and early music and their own compositions.
Lucy gave the UK première of Alain Daniélou’s arrangement of Tagore song-poems in a recital with Sarah Robinson on piano and poems read by Tagore expert, Professor William Radice. The Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies and the Bangladeshi High Commission have shown an interest in Lucy’s performance of these songs and plans are afoot to record them.
Whilst at university, Lucy sang with the BBC Symphony Chorus in the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Under the direction of some of the world’s most renowned conductors, she sang at the Barbican Hall, for radio performances on BBC Radio 3 and a CD recording for Chandos.
'Unquiet Heart', a CD of songs by Barber, Schumann and Tagore, recorded with pianist Sarah Robinson, is now available.
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