Plowman, Lynne

Lynne Plowman

A previous student of the College, Lynne Plowman has worked as a composition tutor at RWCMD since 2001, and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2007. Described in The Guardian as “a mistress of theatrical effect”, her music ranges from intimate songs, solos and chamber music to large-scale vocal, theatrical and orchestral works. Commissioners have included the London Mozart Players, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Okeanos, O Duo, Piano Circus, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Electric Voice Theatre and Presteigne Festival.

In 2003, she was awarded a British Composers Award for her first opera, Gwyneth and the Green Knight, described in the Times as “One of the most brilliantly accomplished new operas I have heard in many a year”. Since then, she has composed three more operas, for Music Theatre Wales, Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne.

In 2012, Plowman received an Arts Council of Wales award, enabling her to develop her orchestral writing, with the guidance of Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Catching Shadows was premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.  “The result is a thrilling muscularity and sureness of design, with material developed from small motifs and cells atop underlying, contrasting pulses. Through a series of sections in evolving tempi, pointillist woodwind were interrupted by brassy outbursts and angular strings, with some lovely, sustained harmonic writing for the latter in particular.” 
                                                                                             (Wales Arts Review, 2016)