Lynne Plowman is a composer and flautist based in Wales. In 2003, she was awarded the British Composers Award for Stage Works, for her first opera, Gwyneth and the Green Knight. Created for family audiences with the librettist, Martin Riley and performed by Music Theatre Wales, it was described as 'one of the most brilliantly accomplished new operas I have heard for many a year' (The Times); 'one of the most entertainingly theatrical of all recent British operas' (Opera Now); 'a perfect new opera' (The Independent).
Since then, Plowman and Riley have written three more operas together. House of the Gods (2005), commissioned by Music Theatre Wales, is a gothic comedy set in an Irish pub in the back streets of first world war London. The Face in the Mirror (2011), commissioned by Welsh National Opera, is a ghost story for young audiences, told entirely by a chorus of children. And Captain Blood’s Revenge (2012), commissioned by Glyndebourne, is a pirate adventure for children’s audiences.
In addition to her stage works, Lynne Plowman composes music which ranges from intimate songs, solos and chamber music to dramatic large-scale vocal and orchestral works. A series of commissions for the London Mozart Players includes The Return of King Raedwald (2001), composed in residence at Wingfield Arts, Suffolk; The Stargazer (2002), a setting of scientific quotes and poetic fragments for tenor voice and strings; Cries Like Silence (2006), a poignant and visceral setting of poems by Ted Hughes and E E Cummings, commissioned for Remembrance Day in Portsmouth Cathedral and a chamber ensemble score to the classic film, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (2009).
More recently, supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Lynne has been radically developing her work, with the guidance of Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Commissions during this period have included a series of percussion pieces for O Duo, an unaccompanied choral work, The Mariner's Compass for the Presteigne Festival/ The Joyful Company of Singers (subsequently performed by Cardiff University choir and recorded by the BBC Singers for Radio 3 broadcast). Most significantly, Lynne Plowman’s new orchestral work, Catching Shadows, was premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Bangor, March 2016 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 to an enthusiastic response:
“The result is a thrilling muscularity and sureness of design, with material developed from small motifs and cells atop underlying, contrasting pulses…. pointillist woodwind were interrupted by brassy outbursts and angular strings, with some lovely, sustained harmonic writing for the latter.” Steph Power, Wales Arts Review, 2016
Lynne Plowman is a composition tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2007. She is committed to encouraging children and young people to compose their own music and has worked in schools and colleges throughout the UK as well as in Portugal, Sweden and California. She is the resident composer for Dyfed Young Composers, supporting young composers in secondary schools across West Wales.