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(L-R) Lucy with composers Paul McGhee and Professor Adam Gorb at the 2011 British Composer Awards


'Mindscapes' was shortlisted for a 2018 British Composer Award, alongside Simon Dobson and Gavin Higgins.


James Gourlay conducted this first performance, with the RNCM Brass Band at the 2018 RNCM Brass Band Festival. The piece is an "introspective sonic self-portrait", featuring extended brass techniques.


The Brighouse and Rastrick Band, also gave a haunting performance of 'In Pitch Black during their concert at the festival, conducted by Dr. David Thornton.

6th February 2018 marked 100 years of women's suffrage in the UK. In commemoration, BBC Radio 3 commissioned Lucy to compose a new vocal work, featuring text by Helen Pankhurst (Emmeline Pankhurst's great-granddaughter). The text reflects the words of the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, and is still very relevant today.


The BBC Singers (conducted by Hilary Campbell) recorded 'The Pankhurst Anthem' in an online premiere available to view on the BBC Radio 3 website.


To enable audience participation and involvement, vocal scores of The Pankhurst Anthem are available to download free of charge from the BBC Radio 3 website. Audiences are encouraged to send BBC Radio 3 photographs of themselves learning and performing the work, and to share recordings via social media.


'The Pankhurst Anthem' was  premiered in full by the Voices of Hope at the Free Thinking Festival (Sage Gateshead) on Friday 9 March, broadcast live on Radio 3.


Lucy Pankhurst © 2021



(above) Maestro James Gourlay conducts the RNCM brass band in the premiere of Mindscapes at the RNCM concert hall, Manchester

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(above) Lucy (centre) with Dr Helen Pankhurst and the BBC Singers at Maida Vale Studios, London

Lucy has been awarded a PhD in composition from the Royal Northern College of Music for her work focussing on contemporary performance applications of the traditional brass band.


Lucy would like to thank her RNCM supervisors Professor Adam Gorb and Dr Larry Goves for their support during her PhD research.

PhD Completion:

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