The Chroma Harp Duo was formed when Lucy and Becki McIlroy met at the Royal Northern College of Music whilst pursuing their postgraduate studies. They were finalists in the Wales International Harp Festival and have been awarded first prize in the London Camac Harp Ensemble Competition as well as the UK Harp Association’s prize for the best performance of a British work.
Both harpists are passionate about contemporary music and developing new repertoire for the harp duo. They recently gave the European premiere of Scorpions by Paul Patterson and are always interested in working with composers on new works for the ensemble.
As a duo, they regularly give recitals for music societies throughout the UK and have performed at The Bridgewater Hall, Leeds International Concert Season and Goosfest Arts and Music Festival as well as recently being invited to give a recital at Craxton Studios for the UK Harp Association. Both harpists are passionate about outreach work and in 2019 they were accepted onto Yehudi Menuhin’s prestigious ‘Live Music Now!’ scheme performing in care homes, hospitals, and a range of community and healthcare settings.
SHOAL are a physical performance, new music, multimedia and experimental ensemble who specialise in creating immersive experiences. With a particular interest in improvisation and interdisciplinary collaboration, SHOAL work with a variety of artists to commission and develop new works which experiment with sound, electronics, digital technology, light, space and movement.
The SHOAL collective was first brought together by award-winning arts company, Curated Place, to work with the Norwegian composer, Eyvind Gulbrandsen on a commission for the Hull City of Culture Festival 2017. Since then SHOAL have been invited to perform at numerous new music and arts events, including The Noise Upstairs, New Music North West Festival, Decontamination, Bury Light Festival and The Lowry’s Shoots: Off Piste. They have collaborated with many artists such as Stephen Preston, Eleanor Cully, David Pocknee and Michael Brailey, featuring in his concert series VIRTUALLYREALITY. They recently enjoyed working with writer and director, Gareth Mattey, to compose the music for a short film for Channel 4.
Manasamitra is a Yorkshire based arts organisation delivering a range of South Asian arts and cultural experiences in traditional and innovative ways. The company’s work is stimulated by ideas, forms and aesthetics from India located within a contemporary British context.
Lucy enjoys collaborating with Manasamitra’s singer and composer, Supriya Nagarajan and other musicians in a number of projects. She has performed at Lambeth Palace for the Archbishop of Canterbury and in 2018 she played in the premiere of Pleiades Ne Maia at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. In 2019 she performed at venues such as The Sage and Middlesbrough Town Hall as part of their the Lullaby-Sonic Cradle tour, a contemporary musical exploration of night time sounds interspersed with lullabies from India.