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Chamber Choir

Lucy Goddard, director

Lucy divides her time between singing, conducting and teaching. As a mezzo-soprano she performs early music with groups such as the Academy of Ancient Music, new music with EXAUDI, 20th and 21st-century song with duo partner Siwan Rhys. On the operatic stage she has performed both well-known and newly-written operas, among which the roles of Hänsel, Meg Page (Falstaff), Annio (Tito), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She sang in the Academy of Ancient Music's Purcell operas at the Barbican, in Dusapin's Passion with Music Theatre Wales at the Wales Millennium Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and in Larcher's The Hunting Gun at the Aldeburgh Festival. With Siwan Rhys she completed a seven-concert tour of An American Songbook: a recital of avant-garde song and commissions by Christopher Mayo and Laura Bowler, having prepared and recorded the programme during a nine-day Snape Maltings residency. Recent singing engagements include the première of GOLD, a new opera by Laura Bowler based on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, Mozart's C Minor Mass at the St Endellion Easter Festival, Berio's Sinfonia with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki, a recital at Cambridge University including Aaron Copland's 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson, and concerts with Freiburger Barockorchester, Dunedin Consort, Solomon's Knot and The English Concert. In a Coronavirus-free world she would have premièred James Weeks' Book of Flames and Shadows at Dartington International Summer School in August 2020, but this has been postponed to 2021.

Lucy graduated with distinction for her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011. She previously read Languages at Cambridge University, where she held choral and instrumental scholarships, and studied violin at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, playing in the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana. Lucy is in demand as an Italian coach and translator, and has recently coached the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus for their Last Night of the Proms performance.

In addition to her position as MD of Orlando Chamber Choir, Lucy conducts Concordium, an ensemble of pro-am players keen to explore well- and lesser-known string repertoire. In November 2019 Concordium performed a concert of Holst, Walton and Finzi's Dies Natalis with Elinor Rolfe Johnson in the Music by the Bridge series in Putney. Lucy has studied choral conducting with Joanna Tomlinson, and has participated in numerous courses such as those run by the Royal Philharmonic Society. Recent conducting engagements include conducting film sessions for Green Knight at Air Studios, conducting the choir of St Margaret’s Westminster, Chorus Master for the SWAP’ra gala at Opera Holland Park, conducting the Blaze Ensemble in a performance of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and conducting Duruflé's Requiem for St Endellion Easter Festival’s Come and Sing. Lucy is looking forward to conducting Tavener's Svyati at the St Endellion Easter Festival and to work with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain as section leader in 2021.

You can reach Lucy via Twitter at @Lucy_Goddard1 or read more about her on her own website at lucygoddard.com.

Lucy Goddard
Lucy Goddard