ABOUT CHROMA HARP
Becki Luff and Lucy Nolan formed the Chroma Harp Duo in 2016, and have enjoyed exploring and performing an eclectic and challenging range of repertoire ever since.
The duo formed whilst both undertaking their postgraduate studies with Eira Lynn Jones at The Royal Northern College of Music. They were soon finalists in the Wales International Harp Festival and were 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 as an ensemble commission and work with current composers on new works. In 2017 they gave the European premiere of 'Scorpions' by Paul Patterson and performed in two new works at the most recent World Harp Congress in Hong Kong.
As a duo they regularly give recitals for music societies throughout the UK and have performed for Leeds International Concert Season and Goosfest Arts and Music Festival as well as recently being invited by the UK Harp Association to give a recital at Craxton Studios, London.
Both harpists love to use music within 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. They continued this work online throughout the 2020 lockdowns, as well as providing a performance workshop for Live Art Local's 'Culture@Home' series.
In January 2021 they were awarded the Help Musicians #doitdifferently fund to commission and record a new work for their duo. Updates for this can be accessed by subscribing to the mailing list. In November 2021 they were part of an artists residency at Snape Maltings, working on a new commission with the South Indian singer and composer Supriya Nagarajan. The work celebrates the artist Barbara Hepworth and will be performed at the Hepworth gallery in February 2022.
Becki’s standout experiences include performing the work of Tansy Davies at The Wigmore Hall and premiering Amir Konjani’s Anima Projection. Becki worked extensively with the composer Paul Patterson and showcased his harp solo Lizards’ as part of the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong.
This love of new music and exploration has motivated a current project funded by Arts Council England to explore the use of electronics with the harp in order to write and record her own new works. This has been combined with the RPS enterprise fund, which has enabled specific training in recording and utilising live electronics.
Lucy’s work ranges from giving solo recitals to appearing on Hollyoaks and ITV’s Victoria. As well as featuring in performances for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4.
Lucy is a keen orchestral player and regularly performs with professional orchestras such as the Hallé and Royal Northern Sinfonia.
She's a founding member of the contemporary music group SHOAL, and also enjoys collaborating with the singer, Supriya Nagarajan for Manasamitra, an organisation specialising in delivering South Asian arts in innovative ways.