2019

May

‘Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle’
Sunday 26 – The Loggia, San Francesco di Paola, Florence, Italy.

June

‘Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!’
Wednesday 19 – Kings School, Ely.

‘Shakespeare in Song’
Thursday 13 – Redbridge Drama Centre, East London.

July

‘Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!’
Thursday 25 – The St Marylebone Festival, 17 Marylebone Rd, London.

‘Shakespeare in Song’
Saturday 27 – Hitchin Festival

September

‘Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle’
Thursday 19 – Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP

October

‘Shakespeare in Song’
Thursday 3 – Rottingdean Festival

‘Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle’
Sunday 20 – A private performance in Canterbury.

2020

January

‘Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!’
Thursday 30 – N. Buckinghamshire Women’s Institute, Newton Longueville, Bucks.

March

‘Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!’
Tuesday 31 – Norwich Women’s Institute A.G.M.


Past Performances

 Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle

2019

London
23 March Blackheath Halls.
“A spectacular performance. A brilliant conception magnificently presented – fascinating, funny, deeply moving. and full of beautiful music to treasure.” Sarah Walker, mezzo-soprano.

The Songs of Ethel Smyth
London School of Economics, Shaw Library, Holborn.
12 March A Recital of Ethel Smyth Songs, Elizabeth Marcus (piano) “A wonderful performance of Ethel Smyth’s astonishingly complex and subtle songs ~ a privilege to have had a preview of the CD.” Farquhar McKay Director, The Opera Cabaret Company

Dorset
15 February Dorchester Arts Corn Exchange. “Still thinking about – and humming from Lucy Stevens’ brilliant ‘Grasp the Nettle’. It was moving and funny and so well performed.”  Mary Lester

Isle of Wight
16 February Quay Arts, Newport Harbour.  “A magnificent performance. Your singing and acting, together with your fine accompanist, made for a most illuminating and revealing evening.”  Richard Benger

2018

House of Commons, London
30 October  Speaker’s House. For The Opera all Party Parliamentary Group
“I found it not only riveting but also very moving. You expressed so eloquently Dame Ethel’s love of life, passion for music and her active role in women’s suffrage…your attention to the text both as an actor and a singer were pitched to perfection.”  Siva Oke Managing Director SOMM Recordings

Milton Court Concert Hall
3 October  Silk Street, London
“What a stupendous evening! Just genius writing, brilliant and refreshing, this vivid portrait of someone so unburdened by the conventions of her time…your voice is a powerful and beautiful instrument brilliantly played! We want to see it all over again!” Ruth Crow

The St Marylebone Festival
26 July  St Marylebone Church, London  “Reading about Ethel Smyth recently and seeing the amazing performance of Lucy Stevens at Marylebone Festival (in Grasp the Nettle) I am left with the distinct impression that I was in the presence of Smyth herself. Brava.” Janet Gibson Convenor of the Opera all Party Parliamentary Group

Cambridge
16 July  Cambridge Federation of Women’s Institutes

Hitchin Festival
7 July  Woodside Hall, Hitchin
“Fabulous evening. Very entertaining & informative. So nice to hear contralto singing.” Patricia clegg

London School of Economics
4 July  LSE Shaw Library, Old Building, Holborn
“Absolutely superb performance by Lucy Stevens of Ethel Smyth’s life & work for LSE Library.” Dr Debbie Challis

English Music Festival
28 May  Silk Hall, Radley College, Oxfordshire.
“Can’t recommend Lucy Stevens play with music about Ethel Smyth highly enough. Superb acting and vocal performances and some exceptional navigation of fiendish piano reductions by Elisabeth Marcus. Funny, touching and uplifting – A must see!” Light Music Society

Sandstone Ridge Festival
20 May  Tattenhall, Chester.
“Thoroughly recommend this entertaining moving and compelling show. Told in the composer’s words and brilliantly constructed and performed.”  Martin Bussey Conductor/Composer

Northumberland – Highlights Tour
26 April  St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope
28 April  The Cheviot Centre, Wooler
29 April  Lesbury Village Hall

“absolutely amazing, so inspirational- thank you so much …so lucky to be able to experience exceptional shows in a friendly, intimate atmosphere in such beautiful locations. A truly magical theatre experience.” Audience member

Cumbria – Arts Out West Tour
20 April  Ireby
21 April  Gosforth
27 April  Wreay Village Hall
“…inspired performance, captures Ethel with such a compelling mix of humour, strident determination – and integrity, intensity, vision – of a soul shot through with subtle affection. It made for a brilliantly varied evening and we loved it. The music was a revelation, large enough for a vast space and then suddenly intimate, and unexpectedly lyrical, rendered so beautifully.” Rosemary Pavey

Tunbridge Wells
18 April  The Forum. “Fantastic evening, wonderful musical range and riveting account of Ethel Smyth’s life as well as her contribution to the women’s suffrage campaigns…unforgettable.” Mary Carol Wilson

Woking
11 March  Rhoda McGaw Theatre 
“Grasp the Nettle was truly wonderful, dramatic, skillful, accomplished and overall simply rather brilliant. Thank you for opening my eyes to the talent and life of Ethel Smyth… an incredibly virtuosic, dynamic and engaging performance.” Dr. Amy Bebbington

Hemel Hempstead
3 March  The Old Town Hall. “A tremendously thought provoking and moving show.  Lucy’s performance; such brilliant acting and her beautiful voice!” Audience member.

Cambridge
15 February  Rayner Centre
“Another absolute triumph!  Your combined musical skills are tremendous.  Last night you gave us an extraordinary insight into the life and music of a truly remarkable woman.  It was magical, moving and totally engrossing.”  Nick Barnes Chairman & Programme Secretary, The Arts Society, South Cambs

Cornwall
8 February   Sterts Studio, Liskeard.
9 February   The Acorn, Penzance.
10 February The Poly, Falmouth
“…a very powerful performance, fascinating character portrayed, and also the sensitive and skilled piano accompaniment.” Acorn Theatre Trustee

London
1 February    Redbridge Drama Centre, 
We were enraptured by the show. What a brilliant new play. What an outstanding actress!  I felt like I had met Ethel.  I would love to see it all again.”

Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! 2018

Church Stretton Arts Festival
1 August  Church Stretton Arts Festival, Shropshire.  “Just riveting – the time flew by. We have seen many high calibre performances at the festival over the years, and you and your wonderful pianist are right up there.” Steve Baker