Lucy Hollingworth - Composer

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I have had two lives as a composer. The first was nurtured at Manchester University where I obtained a MusB Hons in 1982. I worked as a freelance performer/composer in the 1980s and the early 1990s, had work performed by the SPNM and won prizes at the YAA Young Composers’ Competition at the Huddersfield Festival. ‘The Endless Knot’, commissioned by viola player Susan Bicknell, was premiered in 1994.

Then for nearly 20 years circumstances in my life made composing impossible, but I returned to music in 2009 and obtained an MMus in Composition at Edinburgh University with Nigel Osborne in 2012. I am now undertaking a PhD in Composition and Dissertation at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland supervised by Gordon McPherson.

Recent performances include “a little bird told me” for flute and viola performed at the 2011 Internationale Sommerakademie PragWienBudapest in Mürzzuschlag, Austria, “Miniature Overture” performed by Edinburgh University Composers’ Orchestra at Edinburgh University in 2012, and “An Archaeology of Feeling” performed by Red Note Ensemble in Edinburgh in 2013. My string quartet “Two Fragments and a Coda”, written in 1985, finally received its premiere at the 2014 Plug Festival in Glasgow, performed by the Astrid Quartet.

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