Lucy Farrimond is a classical Soprano based in Greater Manchester, UK: recently graduated with first class BMus (Hons) in Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the tutelage of Jane Irwin. Lucy has performed at esteemed venues throughout the UK and abroad, including: The Royal Albert Hall, The Bridgewater Hall, Snape Maltings and The Embassy of the United Kingdom in Paris. At 21, Lucy made her BBC Proms Solo Debut in Haydn's 'The Creation' at The Royal Albert Hall, with the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Proms Youth Choir - conducted by Omer Meir Wellber - live on BBC Radio 3. For this performance, Lucy received a mention in The Guardian.
Having developed international acclaim, Lucy was selected by 'Gaulitana: A Festival of Music’, to participate in a master class and concert with internationally renowned Maltese soprano Miriam Gauci in Gozo, Malta and was subsequently offered a principal role in Puccini's 'Manon Lescaut'. Lucy also participated in Melofonetica's 'Veneto Opera Summer School' in August - after being awarded a 'Badoer Dalla Rizza' scholarship - where she performed a principal role in Monteverdi's 'Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria' in the historic Teatro Eleonora Duse, Asolo. Recently, Lucy was invited to compete in the 'V. International Music Competition Triomphe de l'Art' in Brussels, Belgium. Lucy accepted a place on the 'Mascarade Opera Studio' Opera Summer School, Florence 2020, and also on Angel Blue's virtual 'Opera Training Studio'.
Lucy has worked with esteemed conductors, including: Omer Meir Wellber, Sakari Oramo, David Parry, Richard Cooke and Martin Andre, alongside acclaimed orchestras including: BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Lucy has received coaching from many professionals within her field including: Janice Chapman, Christopher Purves, Susan Bullock, Martin Pickard, Richard Wiegold, John Ramster, Julius Drake and Matteo Dalle Fratte.
Alumna of the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music, Lucy studied under the tutelage of Mezzo-Soprano, Margaret McDonald. At Chetham’s, Lucy was awarded the 'Judith and Henry Tankel Memorial Prize for Singing Excellence' (2017).
Lucy performs frequently as a recitalist and her performances have taken her to; ‘Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery’, ‘Parbold Douglas Music’, ‘St Mary in the Baum’, ‘Leigh Music Society’, 'Uppermill Music Festival', ‘Manchester Cathedral’ and ‘The Stoller Hall’. Equally at ease with contemporary repertoire, Lucy participated in Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera (2018), (with principal roles in the premieres of contemporary operas ‘Out to Lunch’ and ‘In The Hope of Rain’) and also performing the Mezzo Soprano Solo in the world premiere of ‘Sonetos del Amor Oscuro’ by Maña Mesas (2017). Further operatic credits include the total role in ‘Iolanthe’ (2019) with MUGSS and chorus roles in ‘Suor Angelica’, ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, ‘La Bohème’ and ‘Don Giovanni’.
As a member of The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Lucy has performed in the presence of The Royal Family - live on the BBC - in both the UK and abroad. Further choral engagements have included: Snape Proms (2018), BBC Proms (2018), Mahler ‘Symphony No. 3’ with Dame Sarah Connolly and ‘John Rutter’s Christmas Festival’ with Elin Manahan Thomas.
An accomplished composer (past student of Dr. Jeremy Pike), Ms Farrimond was awarded first prize in Chetham’s Biennial Carol Competition (2016) with her piece ‘A Saviour’s Lullaby’. This piece received its premiere in Manchester Cathedral, and appeared on BBC Primetime Programme ‘Christmas City’. Lucy was commissioned to write opening credits for Leigh Film Festival and her piece ‘Sentiment’, for solo euphonium and brass band, was entered into a time capsule in St. Peter’s Square - Manchester (2016), commemorating the completion of the ‘Metrolink’.
Lucy is the Event Manager of the 'National Student Opera Society UK' and is passionate about sharing her love for opera with fellow young musicians globally. Since being appointed at the organisation, Lucy has hosted interviews and masterclasses alongside top industry professionals worldwide, with her work being nominated for a '360° Opera Award'.
Lucy is delighted to have been awarded a scholarship to study for a Masters Degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, commencing September 2021.