A YOUNG Wigan musician is dreaming of scoring soundtracks for the silver screen after securing a place at one of the UK’s top music schools.
Lucy Farrimond, from Standish, was on top note as she passed her audition to study piano and singing at the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. The talented teenager will move to the famous school in September and spend two years honing her vocal and instrumental prowess with expert teachers as well as completing A-level and diploma qualifications in music and music technology.
Getting into Chetham’s, popularly known as Chets, has already proved a whirlwind introduction to high-level music making as just a week after attending a day for new students Lucy was singing at one of the country’s best-known concert halls.
However Lucy, of Deben Close, says her musical ambition is to write the notes as well as play them and pursue a career in composition.
Lucy, 17, said: “I’m very excited, it all happened very quickly. I found out on the Wednesday and there was a new student day on the Saturday, so it was a bit of a whirlwind. I decided to audition to see whether I could get in. I’ve always been interested in music and wanted to pursue it so I thought why not.
“I’m really looking forward to just being surrounded by music all the time and the excellent tuition and performance opportunities I will get. I will also be boarding which is something I’ve never done before. I want to continue performing because I really enjoy it but in the future I would like to go down the composition route. I wrote a couple of piano solos as part of my GCSE and I loved it. I’m really interested in composing for films, that’s the aspiration.”
I’m really looking forward to just being surrounded by music all the time and the excellent tuition and performance opportunities I will getLucy Farrimond
Lucy started playing piano aged seven but has only been taking singing lessons for around two years after family and friends noticed the quality of her soprano voice.
She plays a wide repertoire including a range of jazz and classical pieces but says she gravitates particularly towards the works of the Romantic composers.
The former Standish High School pupil spent the last academic year studying at Runshaw College but will now switch to Chets, completing the music and French A-levels she has already begun in her first year there.
As well as doing her A-levels and a diploma in music Lucy also hopes to take her grade eight theory and practical exams in her second year in Manchester.
She has already had an eye-opening glimpse of the chances that could arise from studying at Chets as less than a week after the event for new students she joined the female chorus on stage at the Bridgewater Hall in Mahler’s third symphony with the solo part being taken by acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly.
Lucy said: “It was amazing, performing with the orchestra felt so serious. I was invited by the director of music Stephen Threlfall at the new students’ day to perform the following Friday. To sing alongside such a well-known professional performer was a great experience.”
Lucy hopes studying at Chets will pave the way for her to study music and French at university and ultimately establish a career with her vocal and pianistic talents.
As well as performing at school and college Lucy has also been building up her reputation as a musician elsewhere in the borough. She is booked to sing at two weddings this summer and has performed at events in Wigan town centre and concert with community and grass-roots music groups.
She comes from a musical family, with parents Tracey and Roger both playing euphonium in Prospects Brass, an ensemble almost entirely made up of members of the Farrimond clan, but this has only deepened their appreciation of her achievements and delight at her success.
Her proud mum said: “She’s done incredibly well. She works hard so she deserves it. In the last few years she’s been playing for pleasure more and her repertoire has increased, so when we come home from work she’s sat the piano tinkling away.
“If she hears something on the radio she likes she can just sit down and play it without music and put a full accompaniment to it.
“We have a family brass band and we play charity concerts as well as playing every Christmas in Standish. Lucy’s performed at several of our events over the years.
“She wanted to prove to herself she was good enough to get into Chets and she’s done it. I’m sure they will look after her and the opportunities available will be second to none.”