Biography

A black and wight head shot of composer Lucy Armstrong

Manchester based composer Lucy Armstrong (b. 1991) studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under Adam Gorb and Gary Carpenter. She 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 was subsequently performed at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in London and at the Pontificia Universided Javerinana, Colombia. Her mini opera, The Library, written for London based company, Size Zero Opera, was premiered in 2014.

The Borealis Saxophone Quartet commissioned Lucy to write a ten-minute work, which was premiered at St Martin-in-the-Fields in April 2016. Australian saxophonist Erin Royer commissioned a piece for the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, which has been released on Erin’s debut album, After the Moment. Lucy wrote music for the play Festen at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has written for ensembles including: John Miller’s Brazmataz, RNCM’s Meridian Ensemble, A4 Brass, Cinque Vocal Group, Music Theatre Bristol, The Bristol University Wind Orchestra, The Elan Saxophone Quartet, The Bristol University Brass Ensemble and The Meon Valley Band. She has had her music played at the Alfriston Summer Music Festival, RNCM Chamber Music Festival and Bristol University Music Festivals, the RNCM Penderecki Festival and the RNCM Day of Song.  Lucy was highly commended in the 2015 RNCM Gold Medal Competition and graduated with the Alan Rawsthorne Prize for Composition.

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 Mikado.

Lucy has worked as an outreach practitioner for RNCM Engage and The Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra.

As an arranger, Lucy has had her work played by the RNCM and RCM Saxophone Ensembles and is currently the arranger for KS Dance and Soundscape Chamber Orchestra. As a copyist, Lucy has worked for The National Theatre, the current touring production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and RNCM Engage’s production of Raymond Brigg’s