Lynne Plowman is an experienced workshop leader, working with all sorts of people, from primary school children to professional musicians and teachers. With the aim of creating imaginative compositions, songs, or music-theatre, workshops are hands-on, challenging and fun. She has worked in collaboration with writers, singers and theatre practitioners internationally for distinguished companies including Opera North, Welsh National Opera, California State University and the Vadstena Academy in Sweden.
Comments from participants on a Welsh National Opera project led by Lynne Plowman and Martin Riley in 2003:
"The three days were wonderful - very informative, hands-on, fabulous experiences. So good to be part of an enthusiastic team - this has given me fresh ideas, more confidence, especially for the purpose of composing, performing, etc. Thank-you so much for a truly unforgettable experience!"
Helen Howells, teacher
"It was really useful, being given and working through a process for developing an 'operatic' work, which can be transferred to the classroom - an excellent course"
Bethan Christopher, teacher
"A fantastic experience. Particularly for personal development!"
Kath Davies, music co-ordinator
"The experience of working with such talented people has given me a huge range of experiences to use in school"
David Morgan, teacher
"I will now be more confident in introducing opera to pupils. The course has enhanced my own confidence in drama. This was a truly wonderful course. The organisation and delivery was great - thanks!"
Ros Hall, teacher
"It was all I'd hoped for and more! Magic!!"
Susan Martin, teacher
October 2013 - April 2016: Young Composer of Dyfed.
A three year residency, working with young composers in schools across West Wales to create new compositions for performances by professional ensembles: 2014 - The Galliard Ensemble; 2015 - Riverside Brass; 2016 - Red Priest.
October 2007 - April 2010: Young Composer of Dyfed.
A three year residency, working with young composers in schools across West Wales to create new compositions for performances by professional ensembles: 2008 - Electric Voice Theatre; 2009 - O Duo; 2010 - Lunar Saxophone Quartet.
June 2007: The Only Barber of Seville.
A week-long project working with the junior pupils of Grayshott Primary School, Hampshire to create an original 'mini-opera' taking inspiration from Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville'. With singer Philippa Reeves and cellist Vicki Norman.
October-November 2006: House of the Gods.
One-day workshops with sixth form music and drama students, devising original music-theatre linked to Music Theatre Wales performances of House of the Gods. With librettist Martin Riley.
February 2006: WNO Max "Songlines" in Merthyr Tydfil.
Working with a professional team of singers, musicians and a writer from Welsh National Opera, "Songlines" was a week-long project involving 35 performing arts students from Merthyr College to create an original song-cycle based on "The Marriage of Figaro". The resulting piece, "I rise" was performed in the Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff as a prelude to the opening night of WNO's 2006 operatic season.
December 2005: WNO Max "MacMillan Live", in secondary schools across Wales.
An introduction to contemporary music composition, through the orchestral works of James MacMillan.
July-August 2003: Vadstena Academy, Sweden.
A week-long project for professional singers and instrumentalists to learn some of the skills involved in leading opera education workshops. With director Thomas de Mallet Burgess.
May-July 2003: 'Gwyneth and the Green Knight'.
One-day workshops with primary and secondary school pupils across England, exploring the process of creating opera. With librettist Martin Riley.
March 2003: String teachers workshop.
A one-day workshop for string teachers to explore ways of approaching new music and composition with their students. With PM music ensemble.
March 2003: 'The Urkything'.
A two-week project with year 6 pupils from ten primary schools in Brecon, creating a book and CD containing an original story, songs and music. With Martin Riley.
February 2003: Welsh National Opera teachers project.
Three days of workshops with fifteen primary school teachers (music specialists) from across South Wales, to explore the process of creating opera in the classroom. With Martin Riley.
June-July 2002: California State University Summer Arts Festival, USA.
A ten-day project for students of musical theatre to devise, rehearse and perform an original music-theatre piece based on Medea. With director, Thomas de Mallet Burgess and singer/ writer, Fiona McAndrew.