Lynne Bulmer graduated from Sheffield University with a BMus (Hons), having studied flute with Paul Chapman (Opera North) and went on to play in the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra for a number of years. After some time away from the flute, she returned to playing in the mid-90s, studying with Stina Bisengaliev (Opera North) and later with David Nicholson (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RSAMD) and Paul Edmund-Davies (London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra etc.) while teaching flute and piano privately in the Scottish Highlands. In 2004, she was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music diploma and in 2005 successfully completed a Master of Arts in Music degree (with distinction) with the Open University.
Lynne currently lives in Edinburgh where she is in demand as a private teacher and performer. She plays in a number of orchestras and ensembles as a freelance performer and soloist including Amicus Orchestra in Glasgow and gives occasional solo flute/piano recitals. Lynne has been ‘flautist-in-residence’ for the Piano Accompaniment course at the Sherborne Summer School of Music every year since 2010.
Originally from Manchester, Alison Farshi studied at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Patrick Piggott where she was awarded the college Piano Prize. She followed this with postgraduate studies in piano accompaniment at Royal Northern College of Music. Alison is currently the staff accompanist at Xaverian College, Manchester working primarily with solo instrumentalists and singers. She accompanies the college's two choirs and coordinates various ensembles, from Classical performances to drama productions and musical theatre.
As a performer, Alison is a versatile pianist equally at home with Baroque, Romantic or Contemporary music and is in great demand as an accompanist, performing regularly in concerts and recitals across the North West. She enjoys chamber music and plays regularly in a piano duet, a trio and a quartet as well as in Duo Picante.