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Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:

Lucy Wakeford joined Wokingham Choral Society at All Saints Church, Wokingham on Saturday 19th June 2004 when we performed Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Bob Chilcott's Jubilate and Haydn's Te Deum for Empress Marie Theresa.

April 2004

Lucy Wakeford       Harp

Appointed principal of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2002, Lucy Wakeford is one of the most outstanding harpists of her generation.

Much in demand as a soloist, recitalist and ensemble player she has performed at major venues and festivals throughout Europe, appearing as guest artist with musicians including Roger Vignoles, John Mark Ainsley, Michael Chance, James Galway and the Belcea Quartet. She regularly gives concerts with the Erard Trio, Haffner Wind and Zenith Ensembles and is also principal harp of the Britten Sinfonia.

This season Lucy's engagements include return visits to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, both as soloist and in performances of works by Britten with Roger Vignoles and John Mark Ainsley. She also appears at the City of London and Cheltenham International Festivals and gives several performances of Mozart's Flute & Harp Concerto with the London Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christopher Warren-Green. Earlier this year she undertook an Arts Council England 'Around the Country' tour with the Wakeford Ensemble and gave recitals in Tunisia.

As a concerto soloist Lucy has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildhall String Ensemble, Ulster Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Festival Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra, among many others. She has recorded the Mozart Concerto for Flute & Harp with the Britten Sinfonia and Dohnanyi's Concertino with the English Sinfonia on the BMG and ASV labels respectively.

Lucy studied with Daphne Boden and Marisa Robles at the Royal College of Music and with Gerard Devos in Paris and Skaila Kanga in London and was selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust in 1998. During her studies she won top prizes at numerous national and international competitions including 1st Prize at the 1996 Charpentier Competition held in Paris, 1st Prize at the 1991 World Harp Festival Competition held in Cardiff and 2nd Prize at the 1988 Tenth International Harp Competition in Israel.

REVIEWS:

'This splendid new release of various works by Hungarian composer Erno Dohnÿnyi is a compelling reminder of the greatness of this forgotten genius...A selection of the composer's orchestral works and a particularly fine performance given by Lucy Wakeford of the Dohnányi Harp Concerto serve as a fine complement to the Violin Concerto' The Strad ASV CD DCA 1107 February 2002

'The Harp Concertino is a really beautiful work, compactly presented in a single movement.... In the harp Concertino Lucy Wakeford is outstanding'. Musicweb English Sinfonia/ASV CD DCA 1107 December 2001

'The Harp Concertino finds Dohnányi in lyrical mood and Lucy Wakeford is an ideal exponent with her instrument recorded in a spacious acoustic thus revealing in clarity'. Classical Net Review English Sinfonia /ASV CD DCA1107 December 2001

'It is rare to see a concert harp at close quarters, and here Lucy Wakeford and her instrument seemed at one, never more so than in the virtuosic writing of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro'. Keswick News February 2001

'A delightful recording in every way....what fragility of texture the soloists, Kate Hill and Lucy Wakeford, create between them....The flute playing is quite exquisite in the slow movement, and the harp's delicate filigree brings a sense of caressing to the background embroidery....Highly recommended'. Gramphone Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto September 1999

'Lucy Wakeford displayed a fine range of colours and a very musical mind as the chromatic harp soloist in Danse sacrée et danse profane'. The Independent Barbican/LSO February 1997

'Lucy Wakeford brought the music to life (Danse sacrée) not only with her brilliant instrumental technique but also in the uninhibitedly improvisatory elan of her playing'. Schweinfurter Volksblatt London Festival Orchestra December 1997

'The young English player's performance of the solo part was distinguished by great presence and musicality. She exploited the full dynamic range of her instrument, the audience scarcely daring to breathe at her extreme pianissimos'. Badische Neueste Nachrichten London Festival Orchestra December 1997

'The young Lucy Wakeford's mastery of her instrument is to be wondered at....she delivered the seductive impressions with brilliant command of nuance...highly atmospheric and profound'. Neue Westfalische London Festival Orchestra December 1997