Beginnings . . .
Lucy was born in November 1972 to Barry and Colleen Hart, both school teachers. She was raised in Sidcup, Kent, along with her younger brother Matthew. She says her musical genes come from her Dad, who later ran his own music publishing business. Her earliest musical memories are standing next to him as he played the piano and she sang. As a child she learned the piano and oboe and her Dad encouraged her to sing from the age of four at local Poetry and Folk evenings.
Harps . . .
From the age of eight Lucy started extra-curricular music lessons at Bexley Music Centre. She vividly remembers the day the director asked her if she wanted to play the harp - he had bought 6 small lever harps for the Centre. She quickly fell in love with the instrument and over the years has owned and played a number of harps. She now has two beautiful harps: a Dusty Strings lever harp and a Malvern pedal harp, made by Pilgrim harps. Lucy says she loves the Dusty with its depth, power and responsiveness along with the characteristically bright and clear sound. The Malvern has an amazing bell-like resonance and Lucy was delighted to use both in the recording of her 2010 CD Penny on the water.
Day job . . .
After school Lucy studied for a music degree at King's College London and afterwards she and her husband Robin, an academic writer, moved to Cambridge. There Lucy studied Music Therapy at Anglia University before becoming Assistant Director of Music King's College School, Cambridge, in 2001. In September 2011 Lucy began as Director of Music at St. Faith’s School in Cambridge.
Musical inspirations . . .
Lucy would count her Dad at the top of the list of inspirational musicians. He showed her that music is fundamentally about communication. From her University days Lucy has worked with singing teacher Corinne Shirman-Sarti, who helped her develop more freedom and depth to her singing voice. And when Alison Nicholls - winner of the World Harp Competition - heard some of Lucy's students at King's she offered to be a harp consultant there and has since inspired Lucy to make the most beautiful sound possible on the harp - the most beautiful instrument. Other musical influences (from a distance) are Paul Simon, Annie Lennox, Kate Rusby, Purcell, Monteverdi and Britten.
Performing . . .
Lucy has performed many times as a classical soloist, but performing took a back seat when she started a family. She has since started performing again in local acoustic clubs around Cambridge. Her sets include a mixture of original acoustic material and folk song covers - a genre she says feels like her musical home. In 2007 Lucy met musician, film composer and producer Julian Wiggins, who agreed to record and produce a CD for Lucy. May the rain fall softly was released to coincide with a gig at King's College Chapel in January 2008. Since then tracks from the CD have been played on Radio Cambridgeshire, Radio 2 and Radio Wales. Lucy’s second CD Penny on the water was released in 2010 and coincided with another gig in King’s College Chapel and also had plays on BBC Radio 2.