Lynne Bulmer

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Lynne is a freelance professional flautist based in Edinburgh/Glasgow, playing in a number of orchestras/ensembles and as a soloist.
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Lynne Bulmer MA -Music (with distinction), BMus (Hons), FRSM Lynne was born in Yorkshire and brought up on the West coast of Cumbria where she began studying piano and flute at an early age before returning to Yorkshire as a teenager. Following a number of years playing flute in the Northern Area Schools Symphony Orchestra, she graduated from Sheffield University with a BMus (Hons) degree 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, working as a peripatetic woodwind teacher in Yorkshire while studying with Stina Bisengaliev (Opera North). In the late 90s, she moved to the Scottish Highlands and studied for the three ABRSM flute Performance diplomas (DipABRSM, LRSM and FRSM) with Catherine O'Rourke (Highland Chamber Orchestra), David Nicholson (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RSAMD/RCS) and Paul Edmund-Davies (London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra etc.) while teaching flute and piano privately. She also took part in masterclasses with William Bennett, Lorna McGhee, Katherine Bryan and Alison Mitchell. In 2004, she was awarded the final Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music performance diploma and in 2005 successfully completed a Master of Arts in Music degree (with distinction) through the Open University. Now based in Edinburgh, she currently teaches flute and piano and has played in a number of ensembles and orchestras as a freelance performer and soloist, including Amicus Orchestra, Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Meadows Chamber Orchestra, Fife Opera, Afton Ensemble, Ensemble Alba, Opera dei Lumi, Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, Aria Alba, Dunblane Chamber Orchestra & gives occasional solo flute/piano recitals. Amicus Orchestra has enabled Lynne to work with a number of distinguished conductors and musicians including Christian Kluxen, James Lowe, Chris George, Garry Walker, William Conway, Robert Baxter, Oliver Rundell, Maximiliano Martin, Yann Ghiro, James Willshire, Gordon Bragg, Jessica Cottis, Katherine Bryan, Catherine Larsen-Maguire and Nigel Shore; she has been privileged to work with Levon Parikian/Robert Chasey (Rehearsal Orchestra) as well as with the Edinburgh Quartet. Since moving to Edinburgh, Lynne has studied with Joanna Shaw (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ballet) and in November 2014 performed her first flute concerto - Mozart's G major - with the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra (conductor: Mark Wilson). She performed as soloist in J S Bach's Suite no. 2 in B minor with the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra in 2012, as one of the soloists in Bach's Brandenburg concerto no. 2 as part of Dunbar Choral Union's Spring concert in 2014 and was a soloist in Bach's Brandenburg no. 5 with Ensemble Alba in Dumfries in Sep 2018. She was also one of 3 soloists in Vivaldi's triple concerto RV570 with Ensemble Alba in 2022. Lynne has been flautist-in-residence for the Piano Accompaniment course (tutor: Nigel Hutchison of the Yehudi Menuhin school) at the Sherborne Summer School of Music every year since 2010 and is on the committee for Amicus Orchestra. In November 2018, Lynne travelled to Leipzig with Amicus Orchestra (conductor: Catherine Larsen-Maguire, soloist: Maya Iwabuchi) and performed a 'Scottish' programme (Peter Maxwell Davies - 'Orkney Wedding with Sunrise', Bruch - 'Scottish Fantasy' & Mendelssohn - Symphony no. 3 'Scottish') in the Gewandhaus to a capacity audience of 1,900 which was very well received. Lynne plays a Muramatsu GXIII flute with a Lafin (Adler-wing) headjoint.

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Lynne's Reviews

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Naomi R
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

A big thank you to Lynne for her beautiful flute paying and choice of music for my mother's funeral.

Reply from Lynne
9 months ago

Thank you for your very kind words - it was a privilege to be part of the lovely, thoughtful memorial service you had arranged for your mother.

Fiona E
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Lynne was wonderful for our wedding. So talented. Lynne was so helpful with music choices and thought of every detail down to making sure her outfit didn’t clash with the bridesmaids, mother of the bride etc. We would highly recommend Lynne

Reply from Lynne
1 year ago

It was such a pleasure to prepare for and play in this beautiful wedding - the couple were so easy to communicate with and I really enjoyed helping them find appropriate music for the register-signing.

From other customers:

5 years ago

Amicus Orchestra brings summer sunshine to Glasgow’s West End Festival: ...Expressive pointed woodwinds added a spicy edge, with piccolo and a cor anglais making a brief appearance, delightfully jaunty oboes and clarinets and lovely solo flute playing.

David H
6 years ago

Magnificent 10th birthday: Amicus plays Strauss and Mahler

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Lynne's Prices

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£200
Up to 1 hour£375
Up to 2 hours£550
Up to 3 hours£700
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients have appreciated the careful programming of my solo performances, particularly those that have asked me to suggest appropriate repertoire. They love the sound I make on the flute, especially in a church or large building and have appreciated my professional approach.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

As an orchestral player, I have played in the Usher Hall and Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, St Andrew's in the Square and Bute Hall in Glasgow and in the famous Gewandhaus, Leipzig with Amicus Orchestra. As soloist, I have performed in St Giles' Cathedral, Dunblane Cathedral, Eilean Donan Castle and in many church buildings.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love the flute playing of Emmanuel Pahud and Lorna McGhee and have always enjoyed the wonderful sound that William Bennett makes on the flute. I am also influenced by many other Classical musicians (especially string players), including James Ehnes, Jonathan Morton, Andras Schiff and Nicola Benedetti - I learn greatly from their phrasing and musicianship.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I played a concert of music by Peter Maxwell Davies, Bruch and Mendelssohn with Amicus Orchestra to a full house of nearly 2,000 people in the famous Gewandhaus in Leipzig in November 2018 which was very enthusiastically received by the audience.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I will do my best to be flexible if timings for the day of the event change - however, I cannot guarantee my availability if the actual date of an event is changed.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

As I am fundamentally an acoustic player, I am not able to do this.

How much time do you need to set up?

I just need 15-20 mins to find an appropriate place to position myself and set up/test the acoustic.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I have a tried and tested list of pieces suitable for different events and am very experienced in creating an appropriate atmosphere, but am always happy to play specific requests if suitable for my instrument.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring everything I need with me.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am very happy to do this, although I may have to very slightly increase my fee for the extra time involved.
Classical, Christmas, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Traditional church music
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Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Transcription, Theory teaching
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