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Lucy Noble's new flute of fancy
Lucy Noble
Lucy Noble studied at the Royal College of Music in London

Classically-trained flautist Lucy Noble has given the instrument a new contemporary edge.

This year the 30 year-old, who grew up in Hythe, has embarked on two tours with Heather Small and released a debut EP.

Lucy was brought up on her family's farm at Hythe on the edge of the New Forest.

Her family's gypsy heritage had a big influence on her musical upbringing.

She said: "I'm part of a big family, living on a farm meant we had quite an outside life and an eclectic upbringing.

"Although I studied classical music, I had loads of other influences and a more relaxed approach to music - like jamming round a campfire."

Beautiful instrument

Lucy explains that it was her headmaster at Nosewood Comprehensive in Dibden Perlieu, who "made me" start playing the flute having been impressed with her recorder playing.

She insists: "It's quite an easy instrument to learn - once you've got a note out of it, its easy to make it sound quite nice."

Lucy Noble
Lucy's recorded her first five-track EP, Sunrise

It got Lucy more involved with musical projects at school and she eventually went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London.

While she has played at some of London's finest classical venues - Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Royal Albert Hall - Lucy has been keen to take her flute playing down more contemporary avenues.

She said: "It is a really beautiful instrument and it is so flexible - I can play the serious classical music but I can can improvise, and go into a pub and jam with people and play jazz or music with a latino edge."


Lucy took that flexibility to a new level when she started playing the flute with an indie band.

She said: "It was the first time I played out of the concert halls and in dingy clubs around London and I realised you can take a classical instrument and making it sound quite cool.

Lucy Noble
Flutist Emma Noble's music is inspired by her gypsy heritage

"Then I began taking classical pieces that I'd learnt at the Royal College of Music and playing with a band - with an electric bass player, acoustic guitarists and latino percussion so taking classical music and giving it a contemporary edge."

This year, two tours supporting former M-People lead singer, Heather Small has seen Lucy's fan base grow.

Lucy said: "Because we do a contemporary take on it, and we've got the Latino side of it, it went down really well and we had a brilliant response."

She has also played with one of the giants of the flute-playing word - James Galway. She won a competition to play with the Irish flautist, even getting to chance to play his diamond-encrusted golden flute.

Her five-track EP, Sunrise, was also released this year.

She said: "It was interesting to do. I called on friends from both the rock world and the classical to play on it - so I was very pleased with the end result.

"I've had such a diverse year, it's been really exciting. I'd like to play as much as I can and carry on bringing my music to new audiences and keep enjoying doing what I'm doing."


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