The Chroma Harp duo was founded in 2016 by harpists Lucy Nolan and Becki Luff, whilst both undertaking their postgraduate studies with Eira Lynn Jones at The Royal Northern College of Music. The duo quickly made a name for themselves, working alongside composer Paul Patterson to premiere and record his new work Scorpions as part of the RNCM chamber festival. With this piece they later went on to win 2 awards from the North London Music festival and UK Harp Association within their first year. This led to a prestigious recital opportunity with the UK Harp Association, and a number of notable performances including a recital as part of the Leeds International Concert Season and their debut performance at The Bridgewater Hall. The two harpists were both asked to perform new works as part of the most recent World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, and have between them also performed in concert halls such as the Wigmore Hall, The Sage, Craxton Studios and the Cadogan Hall. They have worked with a number of composers, including Tansy Davies, Amir Konjani, Catherine Konts, Paul Lewis and Christopher Wright; premiering many new works. Both have been involved with the future blend composition project, seeking to work alongside new composers to develop the harp repertoire.
Since completing their studies, Becki and Lucy have continued to give public recitals around the UK and successfully gained a place as performers on Yehudi Menhuin’s Live Music Now scheme; this has provided them with expert training with specialist musicians and music therapists, and regular opportunities to perform and design participatory workshops for dementia homes and specialist needs schools.
Chroma harp are currently working on an innovative new project, collaborating with composers to break down the barriers between genres and style, delivering exciting new harp repertoire and reaching new audiences.
With Help Musician's support we will be able to invest in developing and showcasing our repertoire. We are excited to learn valuable insights about content creation, which we believe is key to a thriving and sustainable chamber ensemble.