Surrey, England, who started playing when she was five years old and joined
the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain when she was ten.
the Royal College of Music and studied under Daphne Boden,
Gerard Devos, Skaila
Kanga, and Marisa Robles.
At the BBC
Young Musicians Competition, she was named “outstanding young player
of great promise” in 1986 and “BBC Young Musician of the Year”
In 1989, she
and fellow harpist Alison Nicholls helped co-found the National Youth
Chamber Orchestra. They appear
together on the CD, Harp Duo.
with whom she has worked include the Academy
of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Symphony
Orchestra, the Belcea Quartet, the Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, CHROMA,
the City of London Sinfonia, the English Sinfonia, the Erard Trio, the
Gould Piano Trio, the Guildhall String Ensemble, the Haffner
Wind Ensemble, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jesus College Choirs, the
London Chamber Orchestra, the London Festival Orchestra, the London
Symphony Orchestra, the Nash Ensemble, Okeanos, the
Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic, the Ulster
Orchestra, her own Wakeford Trio, the Wokingham
Choral Society, and the Zenith Ensemble.
She won first
place at the World Harp Festival in Cardiff,
In 1994, she
helped deliver the London
premiere of Julie Cooper’s “Seasons” (an arrangement of “The
Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi) at Royal Albert Hall.
on the CD, Georg Friedrich
Handel: Oboe Concertos Nos.
1-3; Harp Concerto Op. 4 No. 6/Flute Concerto in D major/Concerto for Two
Cellos in 1997.
on which she is credited include:
Chess in Concert; Christmas Adagios; Generation Sex by The Divine Comedy;
Great Operatic Arias by Elizabeth
by Sheena Easton; Jazz Club: Acid Jazz; On an Island by David Gilmour, Russian Arias, Vol. 1; and, Turnage: This Silence by
the Nash Ensemble;
November 1998, she performed Cooper’s music for The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare starring Tom
Courtenay on BBC Radio.
She became the
principal harpist for the Philharmonia in 2002.
June 2004, the Wokingham Choral Society offered up “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein, “Jubilate”
by Bob Chilcott and “Te Deum for Empress
Marie Theresa” by Franz Joseph Haydn at All Saints Church.
at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building on 18th November 2006 in
a program that comprised Paul Archbold’s “Song
Swarm”, Dai Fujikura’s “Cutting Sky”, “Okeanos Breeze” and “Touch of Breeze”,
new works by Dan Goren and Sadie Harrison, Toshi Ichiyanagi’s “Transfiguration of Flowers II”,
Phillip Neil Martin’s “Shattered Spectra”, Akiko Ogawa’s
“Fantasia”, Howard Skempton’s “Fragments”
and the traditional “Kumoijishi”.
In March 2008,
the Nash Ensemble gave the world premiere of “The Island” by
Colin Matthews at Wigmore Hall. The recital was rounded out by “Returning”
by Mark-Anthony Turnage, “Quintet for
Clarinet and String Quartet” by Alexander Goehr,
and “26 Orpheus Elegies” by Harrison Birtwistle.
participated in the Tenth World Harp Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 18th
July 2008, when she interpreted Elliott Carter’s “Mosaic for
Harp and Ensemble”.
March 2009, the Wakeford Trio had the honour of concertizing for the Rochdale
Music Society in its new confines, St.
Andrew’s Church Hall, where they played works by William Alwyn, Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy, and
Lucy was one
of a handful of musicians to perform the NMC Songbook Live at King’s
Place on 2nd April 2009.
The songs, for countertenor and mezzo-soprano, included “Causes
for wonder”, “Fin Like a Flower” and “A swallow, a
rose, and admonition”.
The NMC Songbook was released as a boxed set before the end of the
December 2009, the Jesus College Choirs presented an all-Benjamin Britten
affair that consisted of his “Ceremony of Carols”, “Choral
Dances” from Gloriana
and “St. Nicolas” at Jesus
College in Cambridge.
was on the menu at the 63rd Aldeburgh
Festival at Aldeburgh
Church in Suffolk on 24th June 2010,
when Lucy, guitarist James Boyd and tenors Robin Tritschler
and Lawrence Wiliford performed “A Birthday
August 2010, Lucy and Philippa Davies and Martin Outram gave a flute, harp and viola recital at the International
Harp Summer School in Hitchin, Herts.
Ensemble haunted Wigmore Hall again on 23rd
March 2011, when they gave the world premieres of “A Constant
Obsession” by Mark-Anthony Turnage, “Horn
Quintet” by David Matthews, and “The Torturer’s House”
by Simon Holt. The evening also
included the world premiere of a new work by Michael Berkeley, “Syrinx” by Claude Debussy and “Sonata after
Syrinx” by Richard Rodney Bennett.
flautist Kathryn Thomas shared the stage at Toll Gavel
on 15th April 2011.
August 2011, the Gould Piano Trio took part in the Corbridge
Chamber Music Festival at St. Andrew’s
Church where they gave a recital of Debussy’s “Danses sacree et profane”
and “Syrinx”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s
“Flute Quartet in D major, K. 285”, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Trio in A
minor, Op. 50”.
Kathryn reunited at the Ripon International Festival on 8th September
2011, when they gave a Concert by Candlelight at St. Mary’s Church in
Nun Monkton. Their recital
included music of Bach, Arnold Bax, Georges
Bizet, Jean Francaix, Andre Jolivet,
Ravel, and Camille Saint-Saens.
September 2011, Lucy appeared at the Leicester International Music
Festival, where she featured on “Introduction and Allegro” by
Maurice Ravel, “Spanish Dance No. 3” and “Spanish Dance
No. 5” by Enrique Granados, and “Trois
Gymnopedies” by Erik Satie.