About the Chroma duo
Lucy Nolan and Becki Luff 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.
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.
Becki regularly works alongside composers to develop new music for the harp. Her standout experiences include performing
in the Wigmore Hall as part of their Tansy Davies composer series and premiering Amir Konjani’s Anima Projection.
She has recorded and toured with the European Union Youth Wind Orchestra,
as well as writing and recording as a
studio musician. Currently she is working on creating a portfolio of work, exploring the intersection of folk music and contemporary 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.