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UPROAR 10x10 in Bangor

Following a sell-out show at Chapter in Cardiff last October, UPROAR is back! They're bringing the same programme - 10 commissions from 10 composers working in Wales - to the Bangor Music Festival on Saturday 9th February. If you missed out on tickets for the Cardiff performance, make a weekend of it and come for the festival!

There's a fantastic review in The Guardian here.

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... and if you can't get to Bangor, the Cardiff performance will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 - Hear and Now on 23rd February.

Lynne Plowman

Ty Cerdd CoDI CHAMBER

Since last autumn, I've been facilitating a project for six brilliant young professional composers as they create new pieces for the wonderful Berkeley Ensemble. This is part of Ty Cerdd's CoDI CHAMBER scheme - you can read more about it on the Ty Cerdd website. The new pieces will be premiered on 10th April at Cardiff University Concert Hall. Tickets here.

Lynne Plowman

New publishers announced

Last spring, three of my scores, previously published by Cadenza were taken on by Chester Music. These include Night Dances for flute and piano which is on the WJEC A level music syllabus. These scores can be ordered here.

For the rest of my music, I am delighted to have joined Composers Edition and will gradually be moving most of my scores across to them. They have an excellent website where you can browse and buy scores. Full details here.

Lynne Plowman

Dyfed Young Composers

I'm continuing my role this year as Resident Composer for the Dyfed Young Composers scheme, run by the pioneering charity, Young Music Makers of Dyfed. It's a unique project which gives young musicians from across West Wales the opportunity to receive specialist composition tuition in their schools and to have their music played by professional ensembles. This year, our ensemble is The Hermes Experiment - a wonderful band with a wealth of new music written specially for their line-up of voice, clarinet, harp and double bass.

This term I will be working individually with over 80 young composers in their schools to help them complete their pieces in time for the final performances in April.

Lynne Plowman

Another Set of Footprints in the Snow

Back in the summer, to commemorate 100 years since Debussy's death, York Late Music commissioned ten composers, including me, to each write a new piano piece with the same specific brief - 'start with one minute of Debussy's music, then diverge to create something new.'

The pieces were beautifully premiered in York by James Willshire in September and will be recorded soon for a new CD - more details to come.

Lynne Plowman

Woman Dreaming of Escape

A trip to the Fundaciů Joan Miro in Barcelona this February sparked the idea for my latest commission, Woman Dreaming of Escape. Itís a twenty minute work for voice and string trio, commissioned by violinist Miranda Fulleylove, with funds from the RVW Trust.

Mezzo soprano, Lucy Schaufer, will give the premiere in beautiful Smedmore House in Dorset on 14th October, with a string trio led by Miranda Fulleylove.

My first draft is almost complete - musical lines and gestures take their cues from the repeated ideas found in Joan Miroís paintings. Iíve used fragments of poetry by surrealists, Robert Desnos and Gertrude Stein to create the voice of the dreaming woman. Iím really looking forward to developing the piece in collaboration with the performers over the summer.

Lynne Plowman

New CD

Iím excited to be recording a new CD of my solos and duos for Prima Facie Records this summer. The first tracks to be recorded are A Field Guide to Pebbles, a collection of short pieces composed for brilliant percussionists O Duo (Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox). These are quirky miniatures, composed last year, and funded by the Arts Council of Wales. Instruments range from log drums to woks.

Other tracks on the CD will include solos for piano and harp, various instrumental duos and Songs of the Sea Dreamer, settings of Russell Hoban poems for tenor voice and harp, commissioned and premiered last year by Michael Bennett and Sandrine Chatron.

Lynne Plowman

Dyfed Young Composers Update

This month sees the next stage of the Dyfed Young Composers project, when I'll be visiting eighty young composers in schools and colleges across South West Wales. They are all composing brand new pieces for the Galos Piano Trio to play during workshops in March. Around a dozen of these will be selected for a public concert at Rhos-y-Gilwen in Pembrokeshire, one of my favourite events of the year!

ymmd.org.uk

Lynne Plowman

Dyfed Young Composers

So, a new school year begins and I'm thrilled to be the Resident Composer for the Young Muisc Makers of Dyfed's Young Composer Scheme again. I'll be joined this year by the Galos Piano Trio from London. We'll be kicking off with a series of 'how to compose for piano trio' sessions in schools this month. Then I'll be checking my tyre pressures and heading off to visit over one hundred young composers in twelve secondary schools across West Wales over the coming year, helping them to prepare new compositions for the trio to perform in the spring...

ymmd.org.uk

Lynne Plowman

Arts Active Young Composers Scheme, St David's Hall, Cardiff

I've just had a fantastic week with Glyndwr Brass leading this summer workshop for young composers aged 14-18 at St David's Hall, Cardiff.

www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

Lynne Plowman

Night Dances

Night Dances, for flute and piano, has been selected as a set work for the new A level music syllabus in Wales (WJEC). A brand new edition of the score has been published by Cadenza Music and a recording by Catherine Handley and Andrew Wilson-Dickson is available on 'Ariel', a CD of music from Wales.

cadenza-music.com

Lynne Plowman

The Franklin Effect

Electric Voice Theatreís brilliant science and music CD, The Franklin Effect is now available to stream and download. Released by First Hand Records. Listen here to my DNA-infused piece, K-Ras

play.spotify.com

Lynne Plowman

PRSF/ Esme Fairbairn Composers Fund

I feel very lucky to be one of twelve composers who has just been awarded a grant from the PRSF/ Esmee Fairbairn Composers Fund. The Composers Fund will support the international promotion of my four operas and other key works and allow me time to imagine and plan a series of new projects. Itís a unique opportunity to properly address the promotion of my music and put time aside for some essential forward-planning.

www.prsformusicfoundation.com

Lynne Plowman

Blue on BBC Radio 3

An archive recording of my early orchestral work, ĎBlueí, performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Martin Brabbins, at St Davidís Hall, Cardiff in 1996. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 10th March.

Listen on BBC iPlayer.
www.bbc.co.uk

Lynne Plowman