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Lynsey has been Principal Clarinet with the Hallé since 2001. She studied in Manchester at Chetham's School of Music with Graham Turner and Barry Gregson, both former members of the Hallé. Whilst reading music at Churchill College, Cambridge University, Lynsey was awarded the Gold Medal in the Shell/London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship. As a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she studied with Joy Farrall and Thea King, and spent a further year studying privately in Paris with Pascal Moragues. Before joining the Hallé, she was a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Orchestra of English National Opera.

Lynsey has given numerous concerto performances with the Hallé, including the Britten/Colin Matthews Movements for a Clarinet Concerto. As a chamber musician she has given recitals for BBC Radio 3, and appeared at festivals throughout Britain, including Aldeburgh and Cheltenham. She has also performed at the Wigmore Hall as a guest with the Nash Ensemble.

Abroad, Lynsey has performed with the Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Tanglewood International Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. Lynsey is a member of the Marais Ensemble, which hosts an annual festival in Potton, Bedfordshire, and Ensemble Deva which is the ensemble in residence at the Chester Music Festival. She also teaches at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.


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Phil Portus