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Lynne Plowman  

Lynne Plowman's work ranges from solo instrumental pieces through to chamber music, choral works and large-scale forms. Her opera, Gwyneth and the Green Knight written in collaboration with the writer, Martin Riley, toured Wales this April (2002) in a production by Music Theatre Wales, to critical acclaim:

one of the nattiest new British operas in years. (The Independent)
one of the most brilliantly accomplished new operas I have heard for many a year. (The Times)
a blueprint for accessible opera. (The Guardian)


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Biographical Notes

Lynne Plowman (b 1969) first found recognition as a composer in 1995 when Blue for symphony orchestra won the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Young Composers Competition. Since then, her work has been increasingly performed throughout the UK and further afield, and is regularly featured on BBC Radio.

From 2000 to 2001, Plowman was the composer in residence for Wingfield Arts in Suffolk, where she composed an ambitious project inspired by the Anglo Saxon long-ship burial at Sutton Hoo: The Return of King Raedwald for Andrew Slater (bass-baritone) and the London Mozart Players.

Plowman has recently completed The Stargazer, a new commission for the London Mozart Players for a premiere in October 2002 in Lincolnshire. This autumn sees a new work for flute and piano, commissioned by the Stratford English Music Festival, and a new ensemble work commissioned by Bromsgrove Concerts.


As a flautist, Lynne Plowman draws from a wide repertoire, with a particular leaning towards contemporary music. She has played with PM Music Ensemble since 1992, and also works with the pianist, David Appleton.

Plowman is strongly committed to leading music projects in schools, particularly working in collaboration with writers and theatre practitioners. In this capacity, she works for companies including Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Music Theatre Wales, California State University and the Cheltenham International Festival of Music, among others. She is also a part-time tutor of composition at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Lynne has here own web pages with further information

Selected compositions...

  Selected Compositions
Gwynneth and the Green Knight 1997-2000 (90')
Libretto: Martin Riley
7 singers: sop, mezzo, boy treb, ten, bar, b-bar, bass. Ensemble: fl(pc), ob(cor), hn, tr, trb, 2pc; hp; 2vln; vla; vlc; db.
Comedy opera in 2 acts for family audience. Commissioned by Arts Council of England and Stephen Arlen Memorial Award. First performances in Wales (Brecon, Bangor, Cardiff, Mold, Swansea) in April 2002 by Music Theatre Wales.
Big Star Rising! 1996 (13')
orchestra: wind:; 2hn; 2tr; 3pc; hp;pno; strings: (min).
workshop recording by Brunel Ensemble/Christopher Austin.
Blue 1994 (14')
wind: 2hn; 2tr; 2trb; b.trb; tba; 4pc; hp; strings: (min).
Commissioned and first performed by Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, Oct. 94, Llandaff Cathedral. Subsequently winner of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Young Composers Competition, and performed by BBC NOW at St. David"s Hall, Cardiff, Jan. 1996 + BBC Radio 3 broadcast, Oct. 1997.
Celtic Song 2000 (15')
Words: traditional Scottish
Choir (SSATB) and string quartet
Atmospheric setting of an ancient traditional Scottish poem, commissioned by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. First performed 11th Oct. 2000 in Norwich Cathedral by the Norwich Festival Voices and the Schidlof String Quartet, conducted by Nigel Cliffe.
Tales for the Dead of Night 2000 (25')
Words: Martin Riley
Children's choir with piano accompaniment and optional solo violin.
A cycle of five songs based on ancient Shropshire legends. The words and music were written with the pupils from five schools in Shropshire and Staffordshire. Commissioned by Shropshire County Council, Telford and Wrekin and Stoke on Trent Councils and West Midlands Arts.
shimmering glimmering 1995 (12')
Words: Ave generosa by Hildegard of Bingen
Twelve women's voices
First performed by The Curate's Egg, directed by Adey Grummet, Walsingham Festival, Norfolk, September 1998. Featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
Solo Voice and Ensemble
The Stargazer 2002 (20')
tenor voice and strings (
Commissioned by the London Mozart Players. First performances: Ashley Catlin and the London Mozart Players, conducted by David Juritz: October 2002: 16th, Louth; 17th, Skegness; 18th, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.
The Return of King Raedwald 2000/1 (20')
Libretto: Kevin Crossley-Holland
bass-baritone solo, fl(pc); ob;; hn; hp; pc; 2vln; vla; vlc; db.
Commissioned by Wingfield Arts, supported by the Hinrichsen Foundation. First performance by Andrew Slater and the London Mozart Players, directed by David Juritz: 6th July 2001, Eye, Suffolk.
String Quartet
String Quartet no.2 1997 (14')
Commissioned by the Go West Festival with funds from the Arts Council of Wales. First performance by the Bingham String Quartet, Cardigan, Sept. 1997.
String Quartet no. 1 1992/4 (10')
string quartet
First performed by the Bingham String Quartet at Bath Festival, June 1994
Mixed Ensemble
Round Round Midnight 1993 (4')
cl; sax; tr; trb; marimba; vibes; pno; 2vln; vla; vlc; db.
First performed by Charlie Barber and Band, Cardiff, 1993.
Indigo Eyes and Silver Glances 1996/7 (7')
flute, viola, harp and cello
First performance by the Cambridge New Music Players, London, March 1997.
Seguiriya II 1994 (6')
fl; cl; vln; vlc; pno.
Arrangement of solo piano piece, first performance by PM Music Ensemble, Cardiff, Dec. 1994
floating turning spinning 2001 (7')
oboe d'amore and harp
Commissioned by Okeanos (Jinny Shaw: oboe; Lucy Wakeford: harp) with funds from the David James Music Trust and the RVW Trust. First performance, University of East Anglia, March 2001.
The Legend of Boscale Tarn 1998 (2')
cello duet
First performance by Andrew Schulman and Philip Sheppard, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Oct. 1998. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Nocturne 1998 (8')
cello and piano
Commissioned by the Guild of Welsh Composers with funds from the Arts Council of Wales. First performance by members of the Saskia Trio, Lower Machen Festival, June 1998.
Nocturne 1998 (8')
flute and piano
Arrangement of the above piece for performances by Lynne Plowman and David Appleton.
The Mermaids' Lagoon 1998 (6')
piano duet
Arrangement of the solo harp piece first performed by David Appleton and Kate Ryder, Chard Festival, May 1998.
Sky High Blue 1993 (5')
oboe and harp/ piano
First performance by Nick Williams and David Appleton, Cardiff, 1993. A winner of the Cornelius Cardew Prize.
Grrr.... 1998 (10')
Commissioned by Paul Ayres with funds from the Kenneth Leighton Trust. First performed: Southwark Cathedral and St. Paul"s Cathedral, London, Sept. 1998. Toured in Australia and New Zealand.
The Mermaids Lagoon 1995 (9')
First performance by Elinor Benett, Haverfordwest, Sept. 1995. Numerous subsequent performances and BBC Radio 3 broadcast by Lucy Wakeford. Later version for piano duet.
Interlude 1995 (4')
First performance by Vicki Higginson, Cardiff, March 1995.
Seguiriya I 1994 (6')
First performance by David Appleton, Cardiff, Dec. 1994. BBC Radio 3 broadcast, June 1995.
Four Dreamstates 1994 (20')
solo cello
First performance by Vicki Higginson, Cardiff, 1992. Four short pieces which can be performed separately.
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