Lucy Colquhoun graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying with Roger Vignoles. During her time at the College she won all the major prizes for piano accompaniment, including the Alisdair Graham Prize for Piano Accompaniment (English Song), the Joan Chissel Schumann Prize and the Titanic Memoriam Prize in the Lies Askonas Singing Competition. Lucy was also recipient of the Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award, the Kendall Taylor Award, and a scholarship from the Honourable Society of the Knights of the Round Table. This year she was winner of the Ronald Tickner Trust Award as part of the Somerset Song Prize. Lucy continues to study privately with Roger Vignoles, supported by the Honourable Society of the Knights of the Round Table. She performs at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre in May 2020 and has upcoming recitals at 22 Mansfield Street (Bob Boas) and St. John’s Smith Square and the Royal Opera House with Angela Simkin. She has also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune”. She is a Samling Artist. This year she records a lieder disc with soprano Rowan Pierce and baritone Julien Van Mellaerts for Champs Hill Records to be released in early 2023.
While studying at the Royal Northern College of Music she was the winner of the RJ Forbes Prize for Piano Accompaniment, a finalist in the college’s Schubert Prize, and was generously supported by the Walter Deakin Bursary for Young Musicians.
Recent and forthcoming performances include Durham University with Sir Thomas Allen, the Purcell Room (Park Lane Group, New Year Series), Oxford Lieder Festival, the Royal Philharmonic Society, the Red House Aldeburgh, St. James’s, Piccadilly, St. Martin in the Fields, Brighton Festival, Kings Lynn Festival, Fidelio Orchestra Cafe, Middle Temple Hall, Senate House, Fishmongers Hall, Austrian Cultural Forum, The National Gallery, 22 Mansfield Street, Park House Cheltenham, Leicester University Young Concert Artist’s Trust, Trinity College Cambridge, Leeds, Carlisle, the Lake District, Derby Concert Society, Chichester Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, International Medtner Festival, The Yorke Trust Norfolk, Cheltenham Town Hall, the Chelsea Arts Club, the Schubert Society of Great Britain, the Grieg Society of Great Britain, the Delius Society, the British Music Society, Concordia Foundation, Pushkin House, Stanford Society, Britten-Pears Foundation and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.
Lucy has a keen interest in contemporary music having premiered instrumental chamber works and song cycles by Gary Carpenter, John Casken, Adam Gorb, Larry Goves and Andy Scott. She has received numerous scholarships to study on masterclasses in Oxford, Austria, Denmark and France and worked closely with composers Joseph Horovitz and Paul Paterson under the auspices of the Park Lane Group. Lucy is a Britten Pears Young Artist (English Song Project, BPO and Singing Britten 2016 and 2017 and Slavic Song), a Park Lane Group Young Artist and has been a Making Music Concert Promoters Group selected artist. Lucy has been selected for the final six duos in the Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform with Peter Aisher and Julien Van Mellaerts.
Lucy was also a scholar in summer 2016 at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria. She recently recorded and performed for the AHRC funded project at RCM (works by Peter Gellhorn) and is a member of “Ensemble Emigré” which specialises in rarely performed repertoire by emigré composers run by Norbert Meyn. She is a staff pianist in the vocal department at the Royal College of Music.
She played for two singers in the final of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2019 and 2020 at London’s Wigmore Hall including with the winner, baritone Benson Wilson.