Frances M Lynch has pursued an international solo career at the forefront of contemporary vocal music, specializing in Music-Theatre, Electronic Music, Opera, and Chamber Music.
She has worked closely with many composers, including: Berio, Kagel, Weir, Finnissy, Viñao, Lovett, Azquime, Hoyland, Soveral, Wimhurst, Wallen…
She has appeared as a soloist with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Kent Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Moderne, The Lost Jockey, Communicado Theatre Company, Second Stride Dance Theatre, Extemporary Dance Theatre…..and many more.
Frances is an associate member of the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble, Lisbon, with whom she premiered a new Opera by Miguel Azguime at the Warsaw Autumn Festival in 2014, followed by a tour of Sweden. She will perform with them in 2016 in Lisbon as part of their ongoing season.
She has collaborated on numerous projects with Mark Troop, pianist and Music Director of The Chamber Music Company and co-director with Frances of the Children’s Concert Company – Big Mouth Piano Tales; with Keith MacIntyre, visual artist; several Indian and Chinese Ensembles; and diverse theatre and dance companies.
As an internationally renowned performer, Frances has appeared across the globe – throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and the USA. Venues include the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican Concert Hall, ICA, Africa Centre and Saddlers Wells; Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth; Gothenburg Opera; IRCAM; ZKM; De Ysbreker ; a canal barge, Holland; and Prefectural Concert Hall, Yokahama. She has also performed in countless contemporary music festivals and events, such as Huddersfield; Cervantino, Mexico; Almeida; Alicante; Lisbon; Second Glance, London; the Mòd, Scotland; Henley; Aberdeen Festival of Enchanting Story Telling; and the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals.
Her broadcasts encompass international stations, including Radio France, Swedish Radio, and Scottish TV. She has also worked extensively across the BBC; her radio credits include Radio 3, “Woman’s Hour” on Radio 4, and local radio stations; and for TV include “Blue Peter”, “Sound on Film” and many opera and dance series. More recently she has created and presented her own programmes for Radio Resonance and RTE.
Frances has also been involved in recordings for NMC amongst others, featuring on the covers of magazines like Classical Music and Opera Now.
As a composer Frances has written a great many works for choirs, music theatre, art exhibitions, plays and commercial recordings. This includes “Stella Maris” (Phelim Roland) for a large scale community play staged in front of The Victory in Portsmouth Harbour, with Solent People’s Theatre; “Shades of Earth” and “Colour Pulse 5” for mixed voices and electronics for Colourscape Festival, “The Emperor and the Nightingale” a children’s opera for Big Mouth Piano Tales; and Tailgneachd nam Ban Bhuidseach (The Witches’ Prophecy) for Còisir Lunnainn (The London Gaelic Choir), and a variety of library music tracks with partner Herbie Clarke. Her most recent work for Minerva Scientifica “AdaBab(ble)” for 5 acapella voices, was premiered at the Science Museum by electric voice theatre in London in October 2015.
Frances is also the Artistic Director of electric voice theatre which has been active in the UK and Europe as a multi-disciplinary music-theatre ensemble of singers and designers for sound, light and stage since 1985.
Highlights include appearing in Florence for Luciano Berio; award winning film, TV and performance projects with Judith Weir; appearing as part of a Tracy Emin exhibition at MOMA, Oxford; and extensive touring to festivals in Japan, Europe, Scandanavia and the USA – with productions for Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival, ZKM in Germany, Gothenburg Opera, IRCAM, Paris, and Radio France. Current performance projects include a Gamelan Dubstep collaboration with composer Ornette Clennon, Halle Orchestra and Manchester Met University, and the Minerva Scientifica Project which is due to continue touring and developing new projects in the UK for the foreseeable future.
In 2009 electric voice theatre worked with Errollyn Wallen, producing “Clothesburger” with singers from Pegasus Opera and 417 children at the South Bank Centre, London. We have worked on many significant projects including with The Young Composer of Dyfed, Wales; Henley Festival; BBC Education Programmes, and English National Opera. We are currently working with The Great Tapestry of Scotland delivering school and public workshops designed to enhance the visual experience of the tapestry while exploring musical, vocal and physical challenges (Aberdeen Art Gallery, New Lanark and Stirling Castle).
Research and Development:
Electric voice theatre work regularly with Professor Nicholas Till, at The Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre, at the University of Sussex, and are currently developing Minerva Scientifica at King’s College, London and Newcastle University.
VOICE TEACHER: Frances has developed a small teaching practice in North London over the last 20 years, with a wide range of students from professionals to amateurs, adults to children. Her teaching includes helping singers work on vocal, musicianship, performance and recording techniques; preparing students for theory and practical singing exams; and improving speech, presentation and other vocal skills for both private and corporate clients.
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