Lucy founded Crossings in 2009 following a successful and varied career in the arts upon completion of a degree in Traditional and Folk Music at Newcastle University. Lucy’s feasibility study with a group of women seeking asylum led to a training programme for asylum seekers wishing to facilitate music workshops in the community. This formed the basis of the group that would become Crossings. Following a successful pilot project, Lucy secured a regular venue at The Holy Biscuit art gallery where in addition to the group music session, activities for children and tuition in musical instruments were also developed.
Lucy encouraged Crossings members to work together on song ideas and performances, many of which are still performed by the Crossings Band today. Crossings members have performed in public over 70 times to at least 9500 audience members at events, concerts and festivals over the last 6 years due in large part to Lucy’s passion and determination that the voice of asylum seekers and refugees be heard in the local community and beyond.
Lucy’s tireless work as voluntary coordinator of Crossings resulted in funding grants from Arts Council England, Community Foundation, Northern Rock Foundation and Newcastle City Council, supporting the early development the charity towards a staffed organisation with a permanent home since 2013.
Crossings will honour her memory by establishing a small annual bursary for a promising musician from the asylum seeker and refugee community to support their development as a recording or performing artist. The charity will also arrange a series of tributes and music performances for Lucy at the Annual General Meeting on 5th December 2016.
On 26th August 2016, Lucy received the Lord Mayor’s Award from Newcastle City Council for her work supporting asylum seekers and refugees and is posthumously nominated for a North East Equality Award to be announced on 20th October 2016. Lucy will be greatly missed by all her colleagues, friends and fellow musicians in Crossings.
Crossings Board of Trustees - 13th October 2016