THE FLOWER COMPOSERS
Frances M Lynch writes for choirs, music theatre, art exhibitions, plays, instrumental ensembles and electronics. Some of her scientific works have been played on BBC Radio 3, including Superposition of State (quantum physics), Virus in Molecular Mode and “Minerva Mathematica”. Collaborations with visual artists include “Miss Amy-Lloyd Folding“ (2023) commissioned by Serpell Lab (Alzheimers’ research) University of Sussex and Firmament which has 4,700 Youtube hits. She has written for Historic Environment Scotland, Great Tapestry of Scotland, The London Gaelic Choir, Barefoot Opera, Science Museum and more. Her stage work “Scottish Superwomen of Science” won 5 star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe.
Anna Appleby (born in Newcastle upon Tyne) is a Manchester-based composer and songwriter. Her classical work has been performed all over the world and she continues to compose spiritual, hard-hitting, melodic and rhythmically-driven work for orchestras, opera companies, choreographers, contemporary music ensembles, soloists and choirs. She also has an experimental electronic music alter-ego called Norrisette. Recent premieres include an opera, Drought, for the BBC Philharmonic, an award-winning collaborative youth opera for Glyndebourne, Pay the Piper.
Lilly Vadaneaux is a composer, pianist and choral singer currently studying Music at Clare College, Cambridge. She attended Junior Guildhall from 2011 to 2021, where she studied composition with Paul Whitmarsh and Jeffery Wilson. She has also received mentoring from composer Roxanna Panufnik. Lilly was a winner of the NCEM Young Composers Award in 2013 and 2018 and the CASS Saxophone Composition Prize in 2016. She was also highly commended in the 2016 and 2019 BBC Young Composer Competition. Lilly has been commissioned to write new works for the West Wicklow Festival (2019) and the Opera Cameratina Festival (2022).
Amanda Johnson is a composer and violinist based in Sheffield with an MA in performance. She composes music which explores the themes of migration, identity and freedom, combining recorded sound with instruments and voices. She recently worked with The National Trust, Sage Gateshead and Britten Pears Arts and her music has been performed at venues including the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art, Wentworth Woodhouse and The National Media Museum. It has featured in radio broadcasts in the UK, USA and Switzerland and collected into three public collections. In 2017 she received the Francis Chagrin award and a Finzi Scholarship in 2019.