Lucy Goddard is a committed interpreter of contemporary music. As core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble she has appeared in leading UK festivals and venues, including Aldeburgh, Spitalfields and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festivals, Kings Place, South Bank Centre and Wigmore Hall, with ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, BCMG, CBSO, Talea Ensemble and Ensemble Modern, and has held residencies and given workshops at IRCAM, Royaumont and Snape Maltings. As a member of Erratica she devised and performed Triptych, three short operas by Christopher Mayo, Christian Mason and Thomas Smetryns, at Walton’s Music Hall, as part of the Spitalfields Festival, and at the Print Room, Notting Hill. She was mezzo soprano soloist in David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion with Cryptic Theatre at King’s Place, London, and on tour throughout the UK. Her performance on Emily Howard’s debut NMC was met with critical acclaim: "Lucy Goddard shines in Emily Howard's Threnos….Performed with fire and precision by Lucy Goddard and Simon Whiteley.” (Kate Wakeling, BBC Music Magazine, Dec.2016).
Lucy is also passionate about opera and early music. Recent staged work includes Hänsel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Annio La Clemenza di Tito, Dorabella Così fan tutte and Meg Page Falstaff. Concert engagements in 2017 included Monteverdi Vespers(solo&chorus) at the Barbican and Gloucester Cathedral with the Academy of Ancient Music, second soprano solos in Mozart C Minor Mass and Bach B Minor Mass at St Bride's Church and St James’ Piccadilly, old and new madrigal programmes with EXAUDI at Wigmore Hall, and in Luxembourg and Italy, Purcell King Arthur with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican, and proms appearances with the Dunedin Consort, Monteverdi Choir, Philharmonia and EXAUDI.
Lucy graduated with distinction from the Masters in Vocal Performance programme at the Royal Academy of Music in July 2011. She previously read Modern Languages at Girton College, Cambridge, where she was a choral and instrumental scholar. She also played the violin in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and its Italian equivalent, L’Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, and spent a year studying at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Italy. She is hugely grateful to Snape Maltings, the Arts Council, PRS for Music Foundation, RVW Trust and the Hinrichsen Foundation for their support with the American Songbook project. www.lucygoddard.com
Welsh pianist Siwan Rhys enjoys a varied career of solo, chamber, and ensemble playing, with a strong focus on contemporary music and collaboration with composers.
She has played at prestigious British venues such as the Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, St David's Hall, Purcell Room, and as part of the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival amongst others. She has also performed in more alternative concert settings with initiatives such as Nonclassical, Live Music Now, and Multi-Story, and has recorded many times for television and radio.
Recent concert engagements include performances of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata in France as part of the Oeuvres Monstres series, Vivier's Shiraz at the Occupy the Pianos festival, several performances of Stockhausen's Kontakte, and Feldman's four-hour masterpiece For Philip Guston at the Principal Sound Festival.
Also a regular ensemble and orchestral pianist, Siwan has worked with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Mahogany Opera Group, London Symphony Orchestra, Gare St Lazare Ireland, Rambert Dance, Music Theatre Wales, and Multi-Story Orchestra, with conductors François-Xavier Roth, Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin, Jesús López Cobos, Richard Baker, and Elgar Howarth amongst others. She studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Conservatoire National de Rennes, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with teachers Richard Ormrod, Alexandre Léger, and Rolf Hind. She also studied with Florent Boffard at the Académie Internationale de Courchevel, and Benjamin Kobler at the Stockhausen Foundation Kürten. In 2013/14 she held a Guildhall Artist Fellowship specialising in contemporary piano music.
Siwan teaches at the London Contemporary School of Piano. She is an Entente Cordiale alumnus, an honorary member of Wales' Gorsedd of Bards and a 2017/18 St John's Smith Square Young Artist with percussionist George Barton. www.siwanrhys.co.uk