Lynn Henderson

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: French Horn

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Website: blackweirbrass.com

From Cornwall originally, Lynn spent two years on the specialist music scheme at Wells Cathedral School before coming to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2015. Currently in fourth year, Lynn studies with Tim Thorpe, Jim Mildred and Anneke Scott, on Natural Horn. In 2018 Lynn won places on both the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera Placement Schemes. She was additionally invited to perform with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka as guest principal horn in their November Masterworks concert in Colombo. For her chamber and final recitals, Lynn has been focussing on bringing to light lesser-performed works by female composers, for example Louise Farrenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds and Ethel Smyth’s Double Concerto. Last year, Lynn was runner up in the Linda Mowat Solo Brass Prize. Performing Oskar Böhme’s Trumpet Sextet, she was a member of the ensemble that won both the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Competition and the McGrenery Interdepartmental Chamber Prize. Her wind quintet, Weston Winds, won the 2016 Wind Plus Quintet Prize. Her brass quintet, Blackweir Brass, are a flagship ensemble of the Royal Welsh College and have performed for Prince Charles, at St David’s Cathedral, St John Smiths Square and at St Endellion. They are also artists with both Live Music Now and Making Music. In the summer of 2018, Lynn performed with both the London Sinfonietta Academy and the Britten Pears Young Artists’ Programme Orchestra. She also was invited to play a lunchtime recital in Truro Cathedral’s Steinway series, accompanied by Paul Comeau. Lynn has been on tour with the Palestine Youth Orchestra, both getting the chance to play at prestigious UK venues, like the Royal Festival Hall and Leeds Town Hall, and exploring the political and social issues faced by Palestinian musicians. Lynn is currently a member of the Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra and principal horn of the newly formed National Video Games Orchestra of Wales. As well as this she regularly plays at the St Endellion Easter Festival, with the Three Spires Orchestra, the North Devon Sinfonia and Truro Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2019, Lynn will perform with the Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra, the Divertmento Ensemble and as a chamber fellow at the Aberystwyth Music Festival. To continue with her studies, in September 2019, Lynn will start a masters in performance at the Royal Academy of Music.

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