Mumford Theatre to host Lucy Landymore's homecoming concert

Published: 28 January 2011 at 14:20

Percussion star is excited by return to Cambridge for lunchtime performance

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Talented percussionist Lucy Landymore will be returning to her home city when she performs as part of Anglia Ruskin University’s Lunchtime Concert Series on 25 February.

Lucy, who won the percussion class of the 2010 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, will be performing works by Eric Sammut and Frank Zappa in the free concert at Anglia Ruskin’s Mumford Theatre.

The 18-year-old former Hills Road Sixth Form College student started playing piano when she was six, but was inspired to take up the drums after seeing her father perform in his big band, 78RPM.  Lucy is now studying at the Royal College of Music in London but is relishing her return to Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin in particular, as it’s where her parents both studied.

“I think Cambridge is a very musical city and it’s always nice to play with people you know,”

said Lucy.

“I grew up in a musical family and have always been involved with music around Cambridge since I first started learning the drums in primary school. Now I often get to play in orchestras with my parents since they are both flautists.”

Lucy admits that her appearance in last year’s BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition was a wonderful experience but her success has come at a cost, as she now has very little free time in her diary.

“The BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition was certainly a fantastic performing experience and I loved every minute of it. It has made parts of my life better, but also busier!”

said Lucy.

“Last November I performed Stephen Barlow’s Nocturne for Clarinet, Marimba and Strings with Emma Johnson and this term I have been asked to do recitals and concertos across England, two of which are in Cambridge.

“Soon I will be playing Nebojsa Zivkovic’s Tales from the Centre of the Earth percussion concerto with the Cambridge Symphonic Winds and Darius Milhaud’s Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone with the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.

“It’s like having the perfect life, I’m doing what I love every single day! I used to count down the days to Saturday for “junior college” at the Royal College of Music, and now I’m there full time. I’ve always wanted to perform for a living, whether it’s playing in a small group, preparing for a solo recital or being part of an orchestra.”

Lucy’s lunchtime concert is on Friday 25 February at 1.10pm. For the full programme of events at the Mumford Theatre, please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre