Lucy is Emerita Professor of Music Education at the UCL Institute of Education. She did a B.Ed in Music at Cambridge University, followed by a Masters in Music at Sussex University, then a doctorate at Sussex. She holds an LRAM in piano teaching and a DipRSM in vocal performance. Lucy’s educational work has had a major impact on music education around the world, and she holds an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Hedmark, Norway for her services to music education, and is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Now semi-retired after 30 years of university teaching and research, she moved to Hay-on-Wye in 2017 and set up Hay Madrigals in 2019. One of the reasons for semi-retiring was to spend more time making music, and Hay has proved the perfect place to do just that. She is now focussing on a contribution to local music through Hay Madrigals and many other activities, as a singer, keyboardist and conductor.
Her past community music experience has included Stage Director and Assistant Musical Director of Richmond Opera, for whom she directed four fully staged operas including the Magic Flute, Handel’s oratorio Hercules, adapted for the stage, and others. She founded her professional vocal ensemble Duo Maddalena, with Janet Oates in 2016, and continues to give regular duet and solo recitals of early music locally, as well as performing solo roles in London with, for example, the Richmond Choral Society.
As well as conducting Hay Madrigals, Paul is currently Musical Director of the Talgarth Male Voice Choir and has also conducted the Newport Gospel Male Voice Choir and the Wernfach singers.
He studied music as part of his initial teacher training diploma at the University of Bristol and has had responsibility for music in various positions as a teacher in primary education. This has entailed teaching music to all age groups, training the school choir and choirs in the local comprehensive cluster, including conducting those choirs for combined choral concerts.
He plays and also teaches the piano, clarinet and harp, and also plays the pipe organ in many local churches and chapels. He has sung as a soloist and chorister in many choirs, including for eight years the BBC National Chorus of Wales, performing and recording in a variety of venues. He has also been a member of the Brecon Singers and the Brecon Cathedral Consort Choir.