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Virtuoso Trumpeter returns to St Peter’s

08/06/2019

Lucy Humphris, one of the UK’s most innovative and versatile young performers, returns to St Peter’s Church for a recital on 15 June.

Lucy’s outstanding virtuosity has delighted concert-goers at previous appearances in the church and elsewhere and she is known to the wider Petersfield community for her playing of the Last Post and Reveille at many recent Remembrance Sunday parades. She is beginning to establish herself internationally having been invited as a guest recitalist to the 2018 International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The Brass Herald commented “captivating … .soothing lyrical playing…her inventiveness knows no bounds”.

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. She will also be performing in this year’s Imagine Music festival at the Southbank Centre, in a new one-woman show introducing the trumpet to children through storytelling.

Lucy is now in her final year at the Royal Academy of Music, as a recipient of the Winifred Agnes Disney scholarship.

Lucy’s accompanist, Harry Rylance, is studying at the Royal Academy of Music with the Academy’s Head of Piano, Joanna MacGregor.

His recent engagements have included performances at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to an audience including five former Prime Ministers, performances at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Wigmore Hall, and at the Heidelberg Lied Academy Festival in Germany.

Although British, Harry has an international background having studied in Korea, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Hungary, and the USA before returning to the UK in 2015.

The varied programme will include an arrangement for trumpet of George Gershwin’s popular “Rhapsody in Blue”.

Author: David Francombe
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