Debut CD - "Obscurus"

An exciting and original programme from trumpeter Lucy Humphris and pianist Harry Rylance

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This project received pledges on Mon 23 Dec 2019

Hi! I'm Lucy Humphris, and I've always been passionate about performing and bringing new and exciting music to as many people as I can. I'm aiming to raise £5000 to create a debut CD recording of music for trumpet and piano, with the award-winning pianist Harry Rylance. The c.70 minute programme consists of exciting works for trumpet: Paths by Takemitsu, and Maxwell Davies' incredible solo trumpet work Litany, as well as a new work written for me by Academy composer Filippos Raskovic, entitled Ostria, and several arrangements and transcriptions, of Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances, Janacek's In the Mists, and Messiaen's Vocalise-Etude, which come together to form an innovative and original selection of music.

WHY this project?

  • I've always loved curating and performing programmes of really interesting and varied music, from jazz to baroque and contemporary, and this CD recording will allow me to showcase the wonderful variety that can be brought to a trumpet and piano recital, by bringing together music from Renaissance lute pieces, to gorgeous Romantic harmonies, to experimental trumpet techniques.
  • The trumpet is often seen as an ensemble or orchestral instrument, but recently is really coming into its own as a great solo instrument. Inspired by such figures as trumpeters Hakan Hardenberger, Alison Balsom and Wynton Marsalis, as well as the amazing percussionist Evelyn Glennie, I am also finding ways to create my own distinctive repertoire, and to reach as diverse an audience as possible.
  • You can help! By supporting this project, you can help bring more a range of exciting, vibrant music to a new audience, and encourage young musicians to innovate and expand their repertoire.

Where will the money go?

If we hit our minimum target, the money will go into hiring an engineer, paying the editing/mastering costs, making physical copies, digital distribution, and meeting the copyright fees incurred whilst doing a recording project.

If we hit our maximum target, that means more CDs, and a more polished final product – a great design for the CD cover, and the ability to market more effectively online.

If things take off and we manage to exceed our maximum target - which would be amazing - we could spend more time making sure the finished recording reaches the press as well as a large database, and organise a public concert to launch the CD.

I'll try and give updates on how the project is going about once a week, on Twitter, Facebook etc so stay tuned! (No pun intended!)

Below is a rough breakdown of the costs:

Recording producer-engineer: c. £2250

Editing and mastering costs: c. £1190

Piano tuning: c. £150

Distribution on Spotify, iTunes etc: c.£70

Physical product: c. £520

Other costs eg. digital copyright etc: c.£200


We've got some great rewards for all those who donate, so do have a look at what you can get if you choose to support this project! 

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A Bit about the musicians:

Lucy humphris

Lucy Humphris is one of the UK’s most innovative and versatile young performers. Her fresh and original approach seeks to widen the instrument’s repertoire and push beyond both musical and technical boundaries.

At just 23 years of age Lucy is already beginning to establish herself internationally having been invited as a guest recitalist to the 2018 International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Performing an original programme which included her own arrangement of Janacek’s In The Mists and Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances she demonstrated her unique technical ability in the world premiere of Ostria, by Greek composer Fillipos Raskovic. The Brass Herald cited “captivating . . .soothing lyrical playing . . . her inventiveness knows no bounds” and following the glowing reviews, she was interviewed in the Brass Herald October 2018 issue.

Closer to home, recent highlights in the UK include recitals at Brighton Festival, Petworth Festival, and Winchester Cathedral. In Feburary 2019, she performed as part of the Southbank Centre's Imagine Festival, in a one-woman show for children entitled "The Secret Life of Trumpets". A composer and arranger, Lucy has arranged many works, and an invitation to Dartington International Festival allowed her to work with several composers with a view to commissioning new trumpet works; something she is passionate about. She returned to Dartington in 2019 to work with young composers, alongside Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Lucy began studying with Paul Mayes aged 13 and his influence continues to inspire. She graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was a recipient of the Winifred Agnes Disney scholarship, studying with Bob Farley. In 2012 she won the acclaimed London Symphony Orchestra Candide award and the following year was invited on a scholarship to the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar. Whilst there she performed the Henze Sonatina to Tom Stevens, also working with Steven Burns, Gabriele Cassone, Ed Carroll and John Wallace. She returned to Chosen Vale in 2016 to work with Håkan Hardenberger, Marco Blaauw, and Clément Saunier.

Harry Rylance

Harry Rylance is a pianist studying at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Pisani Piano Award and K M Bayfield Scholarship. He studies with the Academy’s Head of Piano, Joanna MacGregor.

His recent engagements have included performances at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to an audience including five former Prime Ministers, performances at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Wigmore Hall, and at the Heidelberg Lied Academy Festival in Germany.

During his time at the Royal Academy of Music, he has won the Christian Carpenter Recital Prize, the Isaacs and Pirani Piano Trio Prize, the Elena Gerhardt Accompaniment Prize, and the May Mukle/Douglas Cameron Prize.

Although British, Harry has an international background having studied in Korea, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Hungary, and the USA before returning to the UK in 2015.

He started learning the piano at the age of 7 and four years later entered the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where he studied with a number of outstanding teachers including the late Zoltán Kocsis.

At 12 years old, he performed Mozart’s 4th Piano Concerto with the Liszt Chamber Orchestra in the Grand Hall of Budapest and also toured Asia as a featured soloist with the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra. His performances in the USA include numerous solo recitals and acclaimed performances of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra. He also performed live on “From The Top,” America’s nationwide classical music radio programme.

Harry completed his BMus degree in July 2019 and has accepted a scholarship to commence postgraduate studies towards an MA, also studying with Professor MacGregor.