Lucy Farrimond

Sun 6th Oct 2019 2.15pm: Lucy Farrimond (mezzo soprano), Lili Holland-Fricke (cello) and Duncan Glenday (piano)

Programme to include

Brahms’ Cello Sonata in E minor

Lucy FarrimondLucy Farrimond is a classical Mezzo-Soprano based in Greater Manchester, currently studying BMus (Hons) in Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the tutelage of Jane Irwin.

Lucy has performed at esteemed venues throughout the UK and abroad, including: The Royal Albert Hall, The Bridgewater Hall, Snape Maltings and The Embassy of the United Kingdom in Paris. Solo engagements have included: ‘Young Musicians’ Showcase Concert’ at Parbold Douglas Music, ‘Lunchtime Recital’ at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chetham’s Baronial Hall – to an invited audience for Norwegian Constitution Day, ‘Music For A While’ in Manchester Cathedral, Chetham’s Stoller Hall and Carole Nash Hall.

As a member of The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Lucy has performed in the presence of The Royal Family – live on the BBC – in both the UK and abroad. Further engagements include: ‘Symphony No. 3’ (Mahler) with Dame Sarah Connolly, ‘John Rutter’s Christmas Festival’ with Elin Manahan Thomas, and ‘The Creation’ (Haydn) with Chetham’s Chamber Choir and Symphony Chorus.

Lucy Studied for two years at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music under the tutelage of Mezzo-Soprano, Margaret McDonald. At Chetham’s, Lucy was awarded the ‘Judith and Henry Tankel Memorial Prize for Singing Excellence’ (2017).

An accomplished composer (past student of Dr. Jeremy Pike), Ms Farrimond was awarded first prize in ‘Chetham’s Biennial Carol Competition’ (2016) with her piece ‘A Saviour’s Lullaby’. This piece received its premiere in Manchester Cathedral, and appeared on BBC Primetime Programme ‘Christmas City’. Lucy was commissioned to write opening credits for Leigh Film Festival and her piece ‘Sentiment’, for solo euphonium and brass band, was entered into a time capsule in St. Peter’s Square – Manchester (2016), commemorating the completion of the ‘Metrolink’.

Recently, Lucy was selected by ‘Gaulitana: A Festival of Music’ to participate in a master class and concert with internationally renowned Maltese soprano Miriam Gauci in Gozo, Malta. Lucy looks forward to the ‘Veneto Opera Summer School’ in August, where she will play the Principal Role of ‘Pisandro’ in Monteverdi’s ‘Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria’.


Lili Holland-FrickeLili Holland-Fricke is an undergraduate cellist studying at the RNCM under Hannah Roberts, with generous support from the Haworth Trust. Lili’s previous teachers include Chris Hoyle and Angela Aiken, and she has worked in masterclasses settings with cellists such as Miklos Perenyi and Tillman Wicks. Lili has held principal positions in the Hallé Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, with whom she’s had the privilege of performing amongst friends at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms. As a keen chamber musician, Lili plays in a dedicated quartet, and enjoys collaborating with other forms of music and visual art – recently she’s performed new music alongside live painting and film and recorded with jazz pianist Bill Laurance with The Unheard Orchestra. Named ‘Cheshire East Young Musician of the Year 2017,’ ‘Uppermill Young Musician of the Year 2017,’ and recipient of the Nigel Hirst Prize for cello in 2018, she’s had the opportunities to appear as a soloist in concertos and recitals, and loves the experience of sharing music with new audiences. Away from the cello, Lili likes to paint, read, go running, and drink coffee.


photo of Duncan GlendayBritish pianist Duncan Glenday enjoys a busy and varied performing career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Since completing his studies at the RNCM, he has performed extensively throughout the UK and has appeared at venues such as St James’ Piccadilly, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, and the Lowry, Salford Quays. For over 20 years he has given solo and duo recitals for music societies around the country, whilst in 2010 he gave a solo recital for the inaugural Geneva International Academy and Festival. He has also performed over 20 concertos, including mainstream works by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, Brahms and Rachmaninov with orchestras such as the Northern Chamber Orchestra and Amadeus Orchestra, plus works by Dohnanyi, Copland and Henze with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his active solo career, Duncan is also in great demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, with collaborations recently taking him to the International Lake District Summer Music Festival and the Buxton, Ryedale and Isle of Wight Festivals.

Born in Oldham and educated at the Hulme Grammar School for Boys, he continued his musical studies at the RNCM with Renna Kellaway and John Gough, following the joint degree course with Manchester University, graduating with a first-class honours degree and Diplomas in professional performance. Duncan is currently a tutor of piano at Manchester University and at Chetham’s School of Music. He is also the Artistic Director of Leigh Music Society and the Uppermill Summer Music Festival.