About the Chroma duo

Lucy Nolan and Becki Luff (née  McIlroy) formed The Chroma Harp Duo in 2016 . They 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. Between them they have played in broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and been invited to perform at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and many well known concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall and The Sage.

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. They have 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.