Biography

A black and wight head shot of composer Lucy Armstrong

Lucy Armstrong (b. 1991) is a British composer studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Julian Philips.  She previously studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under Adam Gorb and Gary Carpenter and is a graduate of Bristol University where she studied Music.

Lucy was commissioned by Bergen National Opera in 2015 to write the chamber opera, Nadja’s Song, which was premiered in Bergen.  Nadja’s Song has subsequently been performed at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in London and at the Pontificia Universided Javerinana, Colombia.

Other recent commissions include: Size Zero Opera, The Borealis Saxophone Quartet, The Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, Psappha, RNCM Engage, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Meon Valley Orchestra, John Miller’s Brazmataz, Gillian Blair, Erin Royer and A4 Brass.  Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed in venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Lyric Theatre, The Bridgewater Hall, RADA Studios and St James Piccadilly. 

Lucy studied conducting under George Hurst, Rodolfo Saglimbeni and Mark Heron. As a musical director, past credits include A Little Night MusicThe Pirates of PenzancePatience and The Mikadoand she regularly conducts the Meon Valley Orchestra.

As an arranger and orchestrator, Lucy has worked for ensembles including The London Musical Theatre Orchestra, Soundscape Chamber Orchestra and The RNCM Saxophone Ensemble. As a copyist, Lucy has worked for Michael Nyman, Edwin Roxburgh, The National Theatre, The BBC, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Half a Sixpence and Bat out of Hell the Musical.

Lucy is currently writing a chamber opera with writer Klara Kofman.