Collection: Lucie Skeaping

Lucie Skeaping is a celebrated musician and broadcaster and presenter of ‘The Early Music Show’ on BBC Radio 3.

Following her training as a violinist at the Royal College of Music, Lucie founded ‘The City Waites’ (, an early music band specialising in 16th and 17th century English broadside ballads and popular tunes that has since recorded numerous CDs and toured worldwide (the Daily Telegraph dubbed her 'the bawdy babe of Radio 3').

She also spent several years as a popular BBC television children’s presenter. She has contributed to numerous soundtracks including the Oscar-winning movie The Pianist, The Draughtsman’s Contract and Simon Schama's History of Britain series; TV appearances include Jonathan Miller’s The Beggar’s Opera, Early Music, Rude Britannia, Songs of Praise, BBC Breakfast and Sounds of London with Jools Holland. Theatre roles include several pantomimes and The Beggar’s Opera, and, as a musician, she has worked with the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Rambert Dance Company and the RSC.

Lucie's publications include Broadside Ballads, winner of the Music Industry Award for Best Classical Music Publication 2006, and the schools book Let's Make Tudor Music (Stainer and Bell 1999); she writes a column for the BBC Music Magazine, and has contributed articles for The Financial Times and History Today.

She has run jig workshops for the RSC and at Dartington International Summer School, and lectures regularly on the ballads of 17th century England. More information can be found on Lucie's website at



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