Lucy Kay scored her first number one, after her stunning debut albumFantasiashot straight to the top of the Classical Album Charts with a Number one record. The classical singer who shot to fame on last year’s series of Brita
in’s Got Talent has been tipped as the ‘next Katherine Jenkins’ and certainly looks set to follow in the Welsh star’s footsteps after her recent chart success!
Immediately after competing on the talent show, Lucy was snapped up to go on a joint tour with Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro and not long after, it was announced she’d signed a multi-album deal with Sony Classical.
If this excitement wasn’t enough, Lucy performed in front of Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson and their two daughters along with a long list of A-listers at a private dinner held at Windsor Castle on October 15th, in aid of Children in Crisis. Lucy also recorded Flower of Scotlandwith the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to celebrate the 350th aniversary of the Royal Navy, which Lucy performed live on ITV’s This Morning.
The final icing on the cake for 2014 Lucy went on a UK Arena tour supporting one of the most iconic and influential performers in Opera, Andrea Bocelli.
Lucy was born in Braunstone Frith, a suburb of Leicester, in 1989. Her father left the family when she was a baby. At the age of four her mother Glenis, a school supervisor of disabled children, moved the family to Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire to be closer to her new partner Robert Riley, an optical laboratory technician.
Despite her family’s preference for pop music, Lucy loved singing and listening to classical music from her very earliest years. Her mother hoped that it might prove a way to lift her daughter’s spirits, and at the age of seven Lucy began singing lessons. Her teacher immediately recognized her potential, and suggested that she audition for Cantamus, a local award-winning girls’ choir. It proved to be the lifeline that Lucy was crying out for. ‘I loved it. I was only happy when I sang, because it was the only time I could forget all the bad things in my life at that time.’ Lucy was a soloist when the choir was named ‘Olympic Champion Choir’ at the World Choir Olympics in China in 2006.
The choir’s founder, Pamela Cook (1937-2013), and her assistant Elaine Guy saw the miraculous change which came over the unhappy little girl when she sang, and both offered to coach her. Later Elaine Guy also home-tutored Lucy free of charge to resit her GCSEs and take her A levels. ‘They saw how vulnerable I was with the bullying at school, but they believed in me, and they pushed me. I wouldn’t be here without them. I can’t thank them enough.’ Guy also encouraged Lucy overcome her lack of self-confidence, and apply for music college. After her audition for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow (singing arias by Handel, Donizetti and Johann Strauss), she was immediately given an unconditional offer. Her principal teacher there was the renowned coloratura-lyric soprano Judith Howarth.
Lucy began to blossom at the Conservatoire, she was fascinated by the burlesque-dancer/model Dita von Teese, and began to develop her own style of 1940s-based glamour. At college Lucy appeared in scenes from several operas, including Don Giovanni, The Turn of the Screw, The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel and Alcina. But her ambition was always to be a commercial classical singer. Her success on Britain’s Got Talent, which occurred shortly after her graduation, has now turned that dream into reality.
Lucy is keen to support others who are bullied, and is working for the organization Anti Bullying Pro, which is part of The Diana Award group of charities. Attending and assisting various workshops over the course of November, Lucy is looking to empower and encourage others to speak out and support one another – ‘Lots of girls contact me now saying that my story has gien them the courage to open up to their parents about being bullied, or about harming themselves. I want to be able to help them.’
Lucy has transformed her anger into something positive. ‘I believe that everything happens for a reason. If my family hadn’t moved to Sutton, I wouldn’t have auditioned for Cantamus, and I wouldn’t
have nurtured my love of classical music. It was all for the best.’