Lucy Phillips was born in Boston, Lincolnshire. In 2003 she graduated from the University of York where she studied violin with Jonathan Sparey and Simon Jones. During her time there she developed a particular interest in Baroque music and took part in a masterclass with Andrew Manze.
She went on to complete a Masters in performance at the University of Limerick with Romanian violinist Mariana Sirbu and she received coaching in chamber music from Ferenc Szücs, Bruno Giuranna and Hugh Maguire.
She then returned to York and became a founder member of York Barbican Players, a flexible chamber ensemble. During 2007 and 2008 the group had a successful concert series in St Helen’s Church, York. They have also given recitals in venues in Gateshead, Doncaster, Worksop and Chesterfield and have performed on a number of occasions as part of The Schubert Institute’s events. During this period she also performed concertos with York Young Soloists and Sinfonia Bucureşti in Romania.
In 2009 Lucy moved to Sheffield to develop her work as a freelance performer and teacher. She performs regularly in a number of chamber ensembles, including the quartet Sarentino Strings. Since 2016 Lucy has been teaching violin at the Department of Music of the University of Sheffield.
Lucy is one half of a violin and cello duo with Jonny Ingall – they are both passionate about introducing their audiences to lesser-known works. They have appeared in a number of Classical Sheffield’s festivals and recently provided music for a dramatic reading of the ‘Song of Songs’ at Whirlow Spirituality Centre.
Other projects include a collaboration with organist Mark Swinton. The duo has given recitals in Chester, Bath, Derby and Warwick and recorded a CD ‘The Lark in the Chapel’ in 2015. In 2017 they premiered Scherzo Diabolique, written for them by composer David Briggs. Lucy recently finished a cycle of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in Sheffield. She also organised a charity concert in 2014 to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care which featured a performance of the Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin and Piano with pianist Tim Horton.