Lynn has been playing guitar since she was eleven and the violin since she was seven years old. Her first guitar lessons were with an inspiring teacher from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Later, after studying with Jon Edwards in Oxford and a successful audition with Andrew Lloyd Webber's dad, she trained as a 'first study classical guitarist' with George Zarb and Oliver Hunt at the London College of Music, first as a 'performer' and then on the graduate route. Lynn studied harmony and counterpoint with Alan Bullard & WS Lloyd Webber, piano with Robin Stone and violin with Rose Roth & Dora Zafransky. Lynn began her career teaching classical guitar and music theory to 'Junior Exhibitioners' at the College on Saturday mornings.
After spending twelve successful years as a 'peri' in the UK and abroad teaching the guitar to pupils aged 7 to 70 in schools, colleges, further and adult education, teachers' centres and privately, Lynn followed a teaching career in the primary sector. She has led curriculum music in schools, as well as many extra curricular music performance activities including instrumental and choral groups, guitar and string ensembles, and she ran a very successful large children's orchestra for twelve years. As well as arranging music for adult groups, Lynn enjoys arranging and writing music for children: she has written three successful full length musicals.
Lynn has recently had a superb guitar made for her by the well respected English maker, Michael Gee, and is in the process of getting to know this beautiful instrument intimately. She also enjoys playing classical guitar in various ensembles with other skilled musicians and is a violinist with the Boston Sinfonia and Lincolnshire Philharmonia orchestras. [NB from July 2021: Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra]
Kelvin has been playing the oboe since he was eleven and the piano since he was seven years old. During his three years at the London College of Music on the specialist performer's course, he achieved a Fellowship for his outstanding ability as an oboist.
Kelvin later became a soloist with the RAF Music Services in the UK and abroad, and has featured on some of their recordings. Whilst with the RAF he gained an LRAM for his conducting ability and later achieved a BMus[Hons] at Hull University. During this time Kelvin also learned to play the flute, clarinet and saxophone. He was awarded the Andrew Brown Memorial Prize for the best recital. A full-time career in music teaching followed, including (until recently) head of instrumental music provision at a local academy.
Following his service abroad as founder/director of the Rheindahlen Symphony Orchestra, Kelvin has also served as musical director/conductor of the Lincoln Concert Band, the Boston Orchestra and visiting conductor of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and plays regularly with the Boston Sinfonia and Lincolnshire Philharmonia. He is in demand professionally as a highly skilled orchestral conductor, soloist and 'pit musician' and enjoys supporting amateur dramatics.
Kelvin is the founder member of the 'Mayflower Quintet' which performs regularly in concerts and at private functions such as weddings and other 'special events'.
Kelvin and Lynn have three grown up children, all of whom are accomplished musicians.
*Portrait in oils by artist J P Raine, Aberdeen