Having completed her Bachelor’s (BMus ) and Master’s in Music (MMus) at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Lucy McKay built up her initial freelance work in the south of England whilst continuing her violin studies with Duncan Riddell. She returned to Manchester in 2016 and enjoys a hugely varied freelance schedule, working regularly with various ensembles across the country such as Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In April 2016 Lucy performed the Brahms violin concerto with the Newbury Symphony Orchestra and she has also given recitals at the Winchester Festival and the Hawkshead Summer Series. Recently she has become more active in the non-orchestral and non-classical scenes, an element of her career which has been fuelled in part by involvement in the London-based group Project Instrumental. In November 2016, she was part of the sextet from Sinfonia Cymru which toured the collaborative project ‘Birdsong’ with the singer-songwriter Kizzy Crawford and pianist Gwilym Simcock and earlier in the year, she played for the Irwin Mitchell commission ‘New Seeing’ by composer/director Ben Cottrell at the Manchester Jazz Festival.
Lucy has always had a passion for music education which started in 2006 when she joined the staff team of the Music Makers summer courses in the New Forest working with groups of between five and thirty children. Since then, her portfolio of education and outreach work has broadened to incorporate one-to-one teaching with students aged 5-18, outreach projects with Sinfonia Cymru for primary and secondary-aged children and a further outreach session at HMP Wakefield with Project Instrumental.