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Lucie Skeaping

Uncovering forgotten music and bringing it to life through her own performances is Lucie's skill and passion.

Uncovering forgotten music and bringing it to life through her own performances is Lucie’s skill and passion. The daughter of a doctor and a sculptor, Lucie went to the Royal College of Music planning to be a virtuoso violinist but soon discovered early music, took up the viol and lute and founded The City Waites, researching and performing street ballads, theatre songs and dance music of 17th-century England.

After a diversion into BBC children’s television, musical theatre and pantomime, Lucie returned to the concert platform working with the Michael Nyman Band, the Martin Best Ensemble, the (then rather daring) "Sadista Sisters", the English Consort of Viols and The City Waites. A desire to explore the music of her own roots subsequently led her to found The Burning Bush, pioneers in the revival of klezmer, Yiddish and Sephardi song.

Performance highlights include a concert on Venice’s Grand Canal, appearing in Roman Polanski’s movie "The Pianist", British Council tours to the Far East, performing for the Queen at the Royal National Theatre, providing music for Globe Theatre productions, performing for an audience of nuns in Columbia, and a season at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre playing "Jenny Diver" in The Beggar's Opera.

An invitation to present a R4 documentary about the exiled Jews of Spain led to her to become a regular broadcaster, writing, researching and presenting the Early Music Show.

Lucie has contributed articles to BBC Music Magazine, History Today, Opera Magazine and the Financial Times. Her books include Singing Simpkin and other Bawdy Jigs: Musical Comedy on the Shakespearean Stage (with Roger Clegg) UEP; Bawdy Ballads Faber Music (MIA winner Best Classical Music Publication 2006); a recorder music anthology for Peacock Press, and Let’s Make Tudor Music Stainer & Bell.

Following the release of her CD of 17th-century low-life songs, Penny Merriments (Naxos), the Daily Telegraph dubbed Lucie "the bawdy babe of Radio 3".