Freya Ward / Freya Lily

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Folk

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: London


Freya is a genre-spanning musician from Devon, now based in London. She works across folk music, instrumental piano and electronic music, and composing/arranging for choir. She releases folk music under the name Freya Ward, and releases instrumental piano under the name Freya Lily.
Highlights of her career so far include BBC Radio 6 airplay for both her original folk and piano pieces, repeated support from folk radio stations and from BBC Radio Devon. Notable performances include a headline show at Green Note, festival slots including How the Light Gets In, a piano performance at Bush Hall, and being invited by the prestigious London Contemporary Voices to perform with full choir backing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre) and the Union Chapel. Through working with LCV Choir in the past she has also enjoyed singing backing vocals for a number of artists including The Staves, Imogen Heap, Laura Mvula, Orlando Weeks and Alev Lenz.
Quotes from press coverage include:
- ‘beautiful expansive folk, brimming with heartfelt emotion... the apex of intimacy' - Atwood Magazine
- 'absolutely beautiful, think Laura Marling meets Jade Bird...’ - Sarah Gosling, BBC Introducing
- (of the piano music) ‘just stunning, it gave me chills’ - BBC Radio Devon
- ‘folk inspired lyrical content that's an absolute pleasure to listen to’ - Fresh on the Net
- (of the piano music) ‘it’s amazing how just one instrument can inspire such emotion’ - Fresh on the Net
- ‘intelligent, life-affirming’ - Demerera Records
Help Musicians's support will allow me to access one-to-one mentoring and take my production, mixing and mastering skills to the next level. This will be in the form of several one-on-one sessions with different producers, who work across a range of genres and disciplines - from TV and film, to electronic music.
Being able to access the insight and guidance from these industry professionals into the finer details of production and mixing, will enable me to take my own recordings to the next level. This will give me the independence and momentum to record and release my back catalogue which currently exists only in demo form - as well as the ability to think about my next wave of new music in a transformative way.