Lucie Skeaping

Musician, writer and broadcaster


About Lucie

Lucie writes and presents The Early Music Show on BBC Radio 3 where she introduces and discusses Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical music. She has also presented The Essay, Pepys the Musician, the Proms, Record Review, and numerous programmes about early and traditional music.

Lucie is at home on any network. Her joy in music and performance has lit up Radios 3 and 4 and her new series on Radio 2 is full of unexpected delights
— The Telegraph

Lucie trained at the Royal College of Music. She is founder-director of two ensembles: The City Waites, pioneers in the research, reconstruction and performance of English broadside ballads; and the traditional klezmer band The Burning Bush.

Lucie’s books are: Singing Simpkin and other Bawdy Jigs: Musical Comedy on the Shakespearian Stage (with Roger Clegg), Exeter University Press 2014; Broadside Ballads Music 2006, Winner Music Industries Award Best Classical Music Publication 2006; Let’s Make Tudor Music, Stainer&Bell 1999, runner-up, Times Educational Supplement Best Primary School Book Award.

She has written for the BBC Music Magazine, BBC History Magazine, Early Music Today, History Today, Financial Times, Opera Magazine, The Telegraph, The Times. She has been profiled in The Telegraph, Jewish Chronicle, The Independent, and Radio Times. She has been a guest contributor on Songs of Praise (BBC1), Chris Evans Breakfast Show (R2), The One Show (BBC1), Breakfast (BBC1)

As singer/instrumentalist Lucie has featured in film and TV including Rude Britannia (BBC Four), Jools Holland’s London Calling (BBC2), William Dobson: the Lost Genius (ZCZ/Channel 4), Polanski’s The Pianist, History of Britain (BBC1), The Falls (Peter Greenaway/Michael Nyman), Jonathan Miller’s The Beggars Opera (with Roger Daltry), Peter Ackroyd’s Charles Dickens (BBC1).

Lucie is a frequent presenter of Illustrated Talks, Workshops and Courses.

Lucie has hosted events for English National Opera and Help Musicians, contributed to the Faber Music Schools Songbank ‘Sing Up!’, and adjudicated for Live Music Now. She is Secretary to the Samuel Pepys Club and a Patron of the Finchley Children’s Music Group.

Earlier in her career, Lucie worked in television presenting BBC children’s programmes including Playschool, Take Two, The Music Arcade (for schools) and her own Channel 4 series, Make Music Fun. Her theatre work has included The Beggars Opera (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), The Duenna (Young Vic), and major pantomimes starring opposite luminaries such as Jimmy Edwards and Peggy Mount. She has taken her popular schools’ workshop ‘The Musical Mystery Tour’ (sponsored by National Theatre Education) throughout the UK and across the world.