Biography

Lucy Armstrong

Lucy Armstrong (b.1991) is a British composer based in London. Her work is eclectic and theatrical; she enjoys working collaboratively, writing for concert hall, opera and theatre. Her works are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3 and performed internationally. In 2017 and 2018 she wrote an opera in association with the Royal Opera House.

Recent commissions include: Psappha Ensemble (Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Commission), Bergen National Opera, The Borealis Saxophone Quartet, Size Zero Opera, The Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, RNCM Engage, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Meon Valley Orchestra, John Miller’s “Brazmataz”, Gillian Blair, Blair/ Mertens Duo, Erin Royer, Jeremy Young and A4 Brass.

Lucy’s work has been performed at festivals including The Tête à Tête Opera Festival (London), The World Saxophone Congress (Croatia), EurSax (Portugal) and in venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Lyric Theatre, The Bridgewater Hall, RADA Studios, The Rosemary Branch Theatre, St James Piccadilly and the Koganei Miyajigakki Hall (Tokyo).

As an arranger and orchestrator, Lucy has worked for ensembles including The London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The London Musical Theatre Orchestra, Soundscape Chamber Orchestra and The RNCM Saxophone Ensemble.

Lucy studied conducting under George Hurst, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Mark Heron and Tim Redmond. As a musical director, past credits include A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience and The Mikado and she regularly conducts The Meon Valley Orchestra.

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 studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under Gary Carpenter and Adam Gorb then with Julian Philips at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she graduated with distinction. In 2018-19, she was a Fellow in Composition at the Guildhall.