Lucy is a New Zealand composer, songwriter, arranger, educator and bass player living in the UK.
Lucy performing Ride of the Valkyries with The Flaming Galahs at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 (yes, that is a kazoo)
Lucy Mulgan trained firstly as a jazz bassist at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music (now Victoria University School of Music), completing a Diploma in Jazz Performance in 1992.
She moved to the UK in 1996 to further her studies in composition at the University of York, studying with Nicola LeFanu and Roger Marsh where she graduated with a PhD in Composition in 2004.
Lucy’s music has been performed by BBC Philharmonic, NZSO, juice vocal ensemble, London & New York Gay Men’s Choruses and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 & 4, BBC World (TV), Concert FM (NZ) and Radio NZ.
In 2012 she wrote and produced the soundtrack for Europe’s Last Dictator (narrated by Joanna Lumley), which won the best documentary at the London Independent Film Festival. In 2015 Lucy co-created and performed in The Flaming Galahs – A Feathery Riot show, which performed at the Brighton & Edinburgh Festivals.
Lucy is a co-founder of jazz punk ensemble DOLLYman who perform across London regularly including The Southbank Centre, The National Portrait Gallery, Vortex Jazz Club.
She has been resident bass player with Barefoot Opera since 2013.
Lucy has taught bass and coached various jazz ensembles in schools and universities in both the UK and NZ.
In the past few years Lucy has become more involved in music projects within communities - running workshops, composition projects and choirs with young people, refugee groups, homeless charities and amateur choirs