"Style and sophistication to behold..."
- The International Trumpet Guild
Lucy Humphris is one of the UK’s most innovative and versatile young performers. Her fresh and original approach seeks to widen the instrument’s repertoire and push beyond both musical and technical boundaries.
In 2020 she performed on a CD of organ works by Cecilia McDowall, with organist William Fox, which was released in 2021 on Naxos.
Lucy has performed internationally as a guest recitalist to the 2018 International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Performing an original programme which included her own arrangement of Janacek’s In The Mists and Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, she also gave the world premiere of Ostria, by Greek composer Fillipos Raskovic. The Brass Herald cited “captivating . . .soothing lyrical playing . . . her inventiveness knows no bounds”, and published an interview with her in its October 2018 issue.
In 2023 she will be releasing her debut album with award-winning pianist Harry Rylance.
Closer to home, recent highlights include recitals at Lichfield Festival, 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. In 2019 she returned to Dartington to perform Birtwistle and Cage, also working with Birtwistle and young composers in creating new works for trumpet and string quartet. She has also performed at the Imagine Music festival at the Southbank Centre, in a new one-woman show titled The Secret Life of Trumpets, introducing the trumpet to children through storytelling.
Lucy graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class Honours (BMus) in 2019, where she was a recipient of the Winifred Agnes Disney scholarship. In 2012 she won the acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra Candide award. The following year she was invited on a scholarship to the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar where she performed the Henze Sonatina to Tom Stevens, also working with Steven Burns, Gabriele Cassone, Ed Carroll and John Wallace. She returned to Chosen Vale in 2016 to work with Håkan Hardenberger, Marco Blaauw, and Clément Saunier.
Photo credit: Benny Vernon