Upminster teacher performs own set at this year’s Glastonbury

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 July 2017

Teacher Lucy Kitt performed at this year's Glastonbury. Picture: Oakfields Montessori School

Teacher Lucy Kitt performed at this year's Glastonbury. Picture: Oakfields Montessori School

Oakfields Montessori School

Beloved teacher by day, musician rocking the stage at Glastonbury by night.

It is safe to say that Lucy Kitt from Upminster lives a double life.

She spends most of her time during the week at Upminster Oakfields Montessori School, Harwood Hall Lane, as the ICT specialist teacher, helping children as young as five to learn as much as they can.

But her pupils were cheering her on as she was invited to perform her own set at this year’s Glastonbury Festival on the Acoustic Stage, which she has described as being a “highlight” in her career.

She said: “Being a singer songwriter has always been an important part of who I am as a teacher and I think that having a passion outside of teaching is what makes every classroom and every teacher unique.

“Keeping both in balance can be hard at times but I have made sure to never lose sight of what I love.”

Lucy, 31, has been working part time as an unsigned singer-songwriter for the past 10 years, developing her style of music which has gained a huge following over the years.

Born into a music-loving family, the popular teacher learned to play the guitar at an early age and even formed her riot girl grunge band Ostara when she was 16 with her cousin and two friends.

The foursome began playing at nightclubs and bars in east London, giving Lucy the bug for performing live.

When she’s not thinking about lesson plans and marking homework, Lucy makes appearances at festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, The Isle of Wight Festival, Secret Garden Party and Lounge on the Farm.

She was also a semi-finalist at the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk awards in 2006 and was crowned the winner of two songwriting competitions.

Even though her two worlds are kept separate, they do occasionally intertwine as she is known for having sing-a-longs with the children in lessons.

Parent of one of Lucy’s pupils Lyndsey Greenhalgh said: “Lucy Kitt is a huge inspiration to our son who has also had the benefit of a few impromptu guitar lessons with her!

“She has such talent and a beautiful voice.”

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