Born in Australia, Lyn studied musicology, music education and classical voice at Monash and Melbourne Universities. Scholarship/prize successes included winning the national Liederfest Scholarship, enabling her to move to the UK in the early 90s to further her vocal studies: she has worked as a professional singer ever since. Lyn has sung with the Dunedin Consort, English National Opera, Opera North and The Monteverdi Choir. With the latter she recorded numerous CDs including singing solo on Gramophone Award winning disc The Music of Percy Grainger. For almost 25 years she was a staff alto with The BBC Singers, the UK’s only full-time professional chamber choir, giving around 50 concerts/broadcasts per year in the UK and abroad. She now freelances for the BBC and as a soloist when her Cambridge teaching commitments allow.
In Cambridge, Lyn enjoys a portfolio career of conducting and teaching. As part-time Director of Music at Wolfson (since 1998) she runs the College Choir and Chamber Singers overseeing all things musical, including the dozen or so concerts the college hosts each term. She is particularly proud to have recently introduced Choral and Accompanist Scholarships at college.
For many years she was vocal coach for CUMS Chorus and now regularly chorus-masters for the Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus (Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (2017), Poulenc Stabat Mater & Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms (2018), and in 2019, Verdi Requiem).
Singing students include Choral Scholars at Wolfson, Sidney Sussex, Selwyn and Queens’ Colleges. Lyn has taught the boy trebles of the world-famous King’s College Choir since 2008 and one of her private pupils recently won BBC Radio 2 Young Girl Chorister of the Year.
Lyn is a member of the British Voice Association, Association of Teachers of Singing, Association of British Choral Directors and a Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.