Lucy moved to Hay-on-Wye in 2017 when she semi-retired from university life to become Emerita Professor of Music Education at the UCL Institute of Education. 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.
Lucy’s educational work has had a major impact on music pedagogies around the world, and she is now focussing on a contribution to local music through Hay Madrigals and other activities.
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. She founded her professional ensemble Duo Maddalena, with Janet Oates in 2016, and continues to give regular duet and solo recitals of early music. She enjoys accompanying herself as a singer on the spinet and has made two self-accompanied CDs, one of Dowland songs and one of Italian arias from the 17th and 18th centuries. She loves performing in historic buildings and, since moving to Hay, has sung and played at the wonderful Tretower Court, Llowes Court, Brockhampton, and other places, as well as taking Hay Madrigals there.
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Currently Paul is the Musical Director of the Talgarth Male Voice Choir and the Conductor of Hay Madrigals, and in the past has conducted the Newport Gospel Male Voice Choir and the Wernfach Singers. 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 was also a member of the Brecon Singers and the Brecon Cathedral Consort Choir.
He majored in music for his initial teacher training diploma at the University of Bristol and has had responsibility for music in various positions as a teacher, including training school choirs in the local comprehensive cluster of schools. He plays and teaches the piano, clarinet and harp, and also plays the pipe organ in many local churches and chapels.