About Lucy Pankhurst

Lucy Pankhurst

As a composer, Lucy has received many accolades for her work, most notably in 2011 when she became the first female artist to be presented with a British Composer Award in the Brass/Wind Band category for In Pitch Black. This piece was also the first brass band work to win a BCA. Her work has subsequently been shortlisted for the awards on four more occasions. Lucy has also been a member of the judging panel for the British Composer Awards/Novellos and adjudicated the 2019 EBBC Composers Competition alongside Dr John Pickard and Oliver Waespi.

Past commissions include projects for BBC Radio 3, the Durham International Brass Festival, the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, The RNCM Festival of Brass, RWCMD,  BASBWE, the International Women’s Brass Conference (USA), and several PRSF and ACE-funded projects.

With over 15 years’ experience as a music educator and animateur, Lucy has also composed many pieces for youth ensembles – from string orchestras, to massed ‘flexible’ ensembles with differentiated/inclusive parts. She has also developed and delivered whole-class programmes of music for KS2 classes. In addition to her work in schools, Lucy has lectured at Huddersfield University and been a guest speaker at the University of Salford, the University of Leicester, Bath Spa University and a featured artist at the 2017 IWBC event in Philadelphia, USA.

Lucy is a performance (2004) and composition (2007) graduate of the RNCM, where she was also awarded a PhD in 2020.