Lucy Railton by Rebecca Salvadori
Former Somerset House Studios resident

Lucy Railton

Composer and cellist in residence for Somerset House Studios’ ASSEMBLY series.

Considered one of London’s central performers and curators of new music, Lucy Railton’s recent solo work 'Paradise 94' released on Modern Love this year marks a new chapter in her long-term engagement with contemporary music and a historic relationship with classical instrumentalism and electroacoustic composition.

At Somerset House Studios her attention focuses on psychogeographical practices, composing a sonic work of text and recordings gathered from walks with artist and Savage Messiah author, Laura Grace Ford. In residence, she develops a commission by Somerset House for ASSEMBLY, responding to the complex and palimpsestic character of Thames-side Wapping, treating river systems as both a literal and metaphorical manifestation of connectivity, constructing a sound world of undercurrents that relate people, places and time. 

Lucy Railton - Pinnevik

Railton trained at the Royal Academy of Music and since 2008 has been active in both contemporary and experimental music scenes, performing internationally her own work and in collaboration with Peter Zinovieff, Kit Downes and Kali Malone amongst others, and as an interpreter and performer of the music by such composers as Iannis Xenakis, Catherine Lamb and Morton Feldman. She has been resident at EMS Stockholm and Dark Ecologies and presented original work at Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Tate Modern and BBC Radio and is co-founder of London Contemporary Music Festival (2013) and Kammer Klang (2008) new music series at Cafe Oto.

Lucy Railton © Blakey and Scarth
Lucy Railton © Blakey and Scarth

On Sunday 18 November 2018, Lucy presents an amalgamation of her Somerset House residency and collaboration with Studios artist Laura Grace Ford within an extended set of original music drawing on her recent debut album as part of ASSEMBLY, bringing the five-day series to a close.

Support by PRS for Music