“…Style and sophistication to behold.”
- The International Trumpet Guild
Lucy Humphris is one of the UK’s most innovative and versatile young performers. Her fresh and original approach seeks to widen the instrument’s repertoire and push beyond both musical and technical boundaries.
At just 23 years of age Lucy is already beginning to establish herself internationally having been invited as a guest recitalist to the 2018 International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Performing an original programme which included her own arrangement of Janacek’s In The Mists and Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances she demonstrated her unique technical ability in the world premiere of Ostria, by Greek composer Fillipos Raskovic. The Brass Herald cited “captivating . . .soothing lyrical playing . . . her inventiveness knows no bounds” and following the glowing reviews, she was interviewed in the Brass Herald October 2018 issue.
Closer to home, recent highlights include recitals at Brighton Festival, Petworth Festival and Winchester Cathedral, as well as performances at Charlton House and St James’ Church Piccadilly. A composer and arranger, Lucy has arranged many works, and an invitation to Dartington International Festival allowed her to work with several composers with a view to commissioning new trumpet works; something she is passionate about. This year she returned to Dartington to perform new works from young composers, working alongside Sir Harrison Birtwistle and the Gildas Quartet. She has also performed in this year’s Imagine Music festival at the Southbank Centre, in a new one-woman show titled The Secret Life of Trumpets, introducing the trumpet to children through storytelling.
Lucy began studying with Paul Mayes aged 13 and his influence continues to inspire. She graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was a recipient of the Winifred Agnes Disney scholarship, studying with Bob Farley. In 2012 she won the acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra Candide award and the following year was invited on a scholarship to the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar. Whilst there she performed the Henze Sonatina to Tom Stevens, also working with Steven Burns, Gabriele Cassone, Ed Carroll and John Wallace. She returned to Chosen Vale in 2016 to work with Håkan Hardenberger, Marco Blaauw, and Clément Saunier.