Lucy Hollingworth


Lucy Hollingworth is a composer and writer who lives in Scotland.  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music from Manchester University in 1982.  She worked freelance as a performer/composer and was a member of the North East New Music ensemble.  She was twice a prizewinner at the Yorkshire Arts Association Young Composers’ Competition at the Huddersfield Festival.  A commission from the viola player Susan Bicknell resulted in ‘The Endless Knot’ which was premiered at St Giles Cripplegate in London in 1994. Then for many years circumstances in her life made composing impossible.  She returned to music in 2009, studied with Nigel Osborne, obtained an MMus in Composition at Edinburgh University, and is now undertaking a PhD in Composition and Dissertation at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Gordon McPherson.  Her research examines gender issues and autoethnography.  Her music theatre piece ‘The Poetess’ was premiered at the RCS in 2016. Other recent pieces have been performed by Red Note Ensemble, the Astrid String Quartet, the Brodick String Quartet, and the pianist Sinae Lee.