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Lynn Norris, a grand-daughter of Manx baritone Alister Proctor, was born in Hereford but has spent much of her life in London as a teacher and Adlerian counsellor. She has taught mostly in primary schools and as a keep fit and dance teacher in further education. She has always used music, drama and dance especially for children with special needs, feeling that if children are going to 'act out' or 'act up' it's better if they do it on stage where they can get a chance to shine.
As a composer, she has written at least thirteen musicals, including Moonfleet Inn, Moses, Ruth, David, 2000 Years, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, The Lost Crown, Theseus, Giants Garden, Space, The Christmas Journey and Christmas without Technology, and many songs for children and adults which should soon be on a website. Let the Siren Sound for voices and orchestra tackles the huge problem of climate change. After Dunkirk for choir, spoken voices, violin, piano and percussion describes Lynn's father Kenneth's lucky escape with his violin from Dunkirk. The Ballad of Molly and Ewan, for choir and piano, tells the story of Lynn's uncle, Ewan Proctor, meeting and falling in love with his future wife Molly at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.
Lynn Norris has also written a book called Tales of the Century giving people's accounts of their lives which involved surviving the wars and technological changes of the twentieth century.
Lynn Norris looks back at the life of composer, conductor and pianist Aubrey Bowman
Lynn Norris talked to the late Roy Budden about his life with music