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 2014 series 8 of Britain’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.
Lucy’s continued success led her to perform on a UK Arena Tour with one of the most iconic and influential performers in Commercial Opera and Classical music, Andrea Bocelli. As well as performing for/with various influential people and organisations such as Samuel L Jackson (One for the boys), Gregory Porter, Nell Bryden, Aled Jones & Katherine Jenkins (Big Sing Royal Albert Hall), Great Ormond Street Hospital, Classic FM (Make Some Noise)
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. 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. Guy also encouraged Lucy overcome her lack of self-confidence, and to apply for music college.
Lucy auditioned at some of the UK’s top music colleges and chose to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow after being given an Unconditional offer. She studied under the teachings of renowned coloratura-lyric soprano Judith Howarth.
Lucy began to blossom at the Conservatoire in her first year and appeared in the Masters Opera scenes and Conservatoires Opera productions including Don Giovanni, The Turn of the Screw, The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel and Alcina. But her ambition was always to break the mould and become 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 now enjoys a varied career in the arts, performing classically as well as the Musical Theatre world. Lucy’s versatility allows her to cross over between the arts and has recently returned from a 12 month tour of Bill Kenwright’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat as Narrator which led her to be nominated for Best Emerging Actress at the IARA Awards this year.