Frances is a performer, director, composer and teacher who has pursued an international career at the forefront of contemporary vocal music, specializing in Music-Theatre, Electronic Music, Opera, and Chamber Music. She has appeared as a soloist with Kent Opera, BBCSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Moderne, The Lost Jockey, Communicado Theatre Company, Second Stride Dance Theatre, Extemporary Dance Theatre…..and many more. Lynch has developed a small specialist teaching practice in North London and composed for drama, choirs, music theatre, art exhibitions, plays and produces commercial recordings for Herbtracks. Frances performs and composes for Big Mouth Piano Tales and is an associate member of the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble, Lisbon. www.francesmlynch.co.uk
Mary played clarinet in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and gained a B.A. in music at the University of York. She won the John Lobb Memorial Prize for singing and worked professionally as actress, singer and musician with Disrepertory Theatre, Soapbox Theatre and Regular Music amongst others. She has sung with London Sinfonietta, BBC Singers, Britten Sinfonia, Synergy, London Voices, Opera Ra Ra, and has been involved in their educational projects. Last November she directed and conducted Benjamin Britten’s Noyes Fludde with a cast of 150 children and adults and is working on The Happy Prince by Malcom Williamson which will be performed in November 2014 in North London.
Penny Desbruslais – Soprano
Penny has performed in London’s most prestigious venues as a soloist and in chamber choirs, and is a workshop leader passionate about the story telling and creative power of participatory music. She has designed and led projects with Spitalfields Music, Creative Futures, Wigmore Hall, Hackney Music Development Trust and the Music House for Children. Penny has led choral and creative song-writing projects for Voces Cantabiles Music and BBC Symphony Orchestra and choirs for girls at St Georges Cathedral Southwark, Slough Music Service and an adult choir for Slough Library. In 2013 she founded early years’ music company, Blackbird Music, in West London.
Felicity graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2010 where she won the TCM Vocal Contemporary Prize. She currently sings with various professional ensembles including: The BBC Singers, Ex Cathedra and The Armonico consort yet she also enjoys having an active solo career. Her highlights so far include singing the solos in Daniel Lésur’s Le Cantique des Cantiques at the BBC Proms in 2010, performing the role of Zerlina in Harrow Opera’s 2013 production of Don Giovanni and taking part in her first EVT project last year Only You 2.0.
A National Opera Studio alumnus, Jenny Miller sang as a mezzo soloist for major English companies, including Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera and Covent Garden, before moving to dramatic soprano repertoire, singing Brunnhilde (Ring Cycle), Tosca and Witch in Hansel and Gretel for Longborough Festival Opera, and developing a parallel career as a director. Her directing credits include Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, L’Incoronazione Di Poppea and ‘Hell Hath No Fury’(17th century solo cantatas). Jenny has excelled in directing many Mozart Operas for Longborough Festival Opera, and Bizet’s Pearl Fishers for Opera South East. Future plans include developing repertoire for Barefoot Opera, and creating Bizet’s Carmen for Barefoot Young Artists Tour. More info at www.barefootopera.com
Margaret studied at Trinity College of Music and the Royal College of Music Opera School. She has performed with Kent Opera, English Touring Opera, Music Theatre Wales,National Theatre Studio and for Aldeburgh and Longborough Festivals. She has toured internationally with the Monteverdi Choir, and performed with the Netherlands Bach Choir. She is featured as a soloist on recordings of Rachmaninov Vespers with the Choir of Kings College Cambridge and Vivaldi Gloria with the Monteverdi Choir. She has premiered works by Errollyn Wallen and Andrew Poppy and sung Judith Weir’s song cycle, The Voice of Desire, with Continuum Ensemble, also broadcast for BBC Radio 3. She is a member of the BBC Singers.
Alexandra studied Music at Birmingham University, Arts Management in Education at City University, and trained as a music workshop leader at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her professional experience ranges from devising and running a large scale Sing Up! project with ErrollynWallen, to co-leading Turtle Key Arts drama, art and music workshops for children with autism, to Moving Music workshops for people with dementia and their carers with the Orchestra of St John’s. She has sung professionally with Polyphony, Ex Cathedra, Orchestra of St John’s, Joyful Company of Singers and teaches singing at primary schools and classroom music at The Laurels Secondary School, London.
David Sheppard – Counter Tenor
David graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a BA in performing Arts (Music) and has since had a varied career singing on the concert platform, the stage and in the studio as well as teaching. He is often asked to sing newly written music, working directly with the composer. David has also sung a great deal of early music with many of the UK Opera Houses. He has sung with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, and many Choral Societies throughout the United Kingdom, as well as for the BBC and HBO.
Julian Stocker – Tenor
Julian’s career involves a mixture of concert and recording work both as a soloist and choral singer, as well as performing in operas and musicals. He is a full time member of the Choir of Westminster Abbey, and appears regularly with the BBC Singers, The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, The Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, Opus Anglicanum and European Voices under Sir Simon Rattle. His repertoire includes works by Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Britten, Mozart, Menotti and Arvo Pärt. He has appeared with Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Holland Park Opera and recorded with The Cardinall’s Musick. He has also given song recitals in French and English song and German Lied.
Gwion Thomas – Baritone
Born in Swansea and studied at the RNCM, Manchester where he won many song and opera prizes. An opera and concert soloist for many years – he has sung Figaro in The Barber of Seville for WNO. He has become particularly linked with contemporary opera and has created many new roles with companies such as Music Theatre Wales and Frances Lynch’s EVT. With the former he has sung Mr Punch in their widely acclaimed production of Birtwistle’s Punch & Judy and Dad in the recent award-winning Greek by Turnage. He has been involved in many new pieces with electric voice theatre, and he created the role of Mr Scipio in Weir’s Scipio’s Dream with them for BBC2. He also teaches singing at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Born in Isfahan(Iran), Aris studied piano and singing at London College of Music. He has sung with many Opera companies in a variety of roles including Don Carlo, Macbeth, Escamillo, Figaro, Guglielmo, Sid, Marcello, Papageno, Zurga, Belcore and Magnifico, Dulcamara, Don Jose. Aris enjoys conducting and has conducted L’Elisir D’Amore and The Pearl Fishers for Swansea City Opera on tour. As founder and artistic director of London Armenian Opera he has produced the premiers of A. Tigranian’s Anoush and T. Chouhajian’s Garineh in London. Since 2005 he has held the post of Chorus master at St. Yeghishe Church, London.
Born in France, Antoine studied both singing and classical extemporization at the GSMD, London. A versatile performer he has toured as an opera and concert soloist but also as an actor on regular and untypical platforms in the UK, France and Germany. In 2011 he has been offered by Barefoot Opera his first contemporary experience as Melisso in Peter Foggitt’s version of Alcina after Handel at the Grimeborn Festival. Following this event Frances Lynch invited him to join electric voice theatre for Harmony Squared – The Grid Project, commissioned by Colourscape Music Festival in 2011.
As well as being the marketing manager for electric voice theatre Herbie is also the agent for Frances M Lynch. When I’m not working with electric voice theatre and Frances l compose music for several library music companies. I also promote Big Mouth Piano Tales who perform Children’s Interactive concerts all over the UK.
Miranda studied at The Motley Theatre Design Course with Percy Harris, and has designed extensively for theatre, opera, film and dance. Film work includes Owen Wingrave by Benjamin Britten, Cross Channel with the Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs, & Outside In with Candoco. Design for dance includes productions for Vtol Dance Company, Yolande Snaith Theatre Dance, and PLanb Creative. She has co-designed a gold medal winning garden at Chelsea Flower Show and an earthwork at Westonbirt International Garden Festival. Other projects include the move-me booth, an interactive video/dance booth, for Ricochet Dance Company, an outdoor touring installation project for Volcano Theatre Co. and How to Live for Bobby Baker at Barbican Theatre.