Biography

Peter Lynch is one of the country’s most well known and highly qualified flautists. He was born in the north of England and received his musical training initially at Leeds College of Music and then at the Royal College of Music where he remained for four years.

He studied piano with John Barstow, the teacher of Barry Douglas who went on to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. His flute teacher was John Francis, whose most illustrious pupil amongst many was James Galway. He was also fortunate enough to be tutored in arranging and composition by Joseph Horovitz. During these years he was awarded a degree and diplomas for teaching and performing.

Later on he studied for a general arts degree with the Open University, whose subjects included History, History of Art, Cultural History, Music Theory, Philosophy and Computing. A postgraduate degree in Musical Performance at York University then followed.

After music college he moved to Germany where he worked for a few years as a teacher and performer. He used his skills as a multi-instrumentalist recording and broadcasting on flute, piano and bass guitar, playing in a wide range of styles from Solos to Symphonies and Classical to Carnival.

Upon his return to England he set up a private teaching practice which has occupied him ever since. He has also taught at Leeds Music College, Leeds Metropolitan University and York St John University, as well as some Private Schools. For a number of years he was been on the Practical and Theory Examining Panel of the ABRSM and has traveled the world extensively in this capacity, visiting Bangladesh, Borneo, Cyprus, Hong Kong, India, Oman, Malaysia, Malta, Singapore and the USA.

His other professional activities include composing, editing and arranging. Much of his work is published, some by his own company FlutePlay, where you can see scores, listen to performance and learn about the flute. He has contributed articles to the New Grove Dictionary, the world’s most prestigious music publication and Flute, the journal of the British Flute Society. His arrangements are also featured on the ABRSM Exam syllabus.

His interest in Music Technology has led to MIDI and digital audio composition, as well as producing CD recordings of his own works and for Oxford University Press. He is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music and is a member of Mensa.

Although most of Peter Lynch’s pupils learn purely for pleasure and satisfaction, others have gone on to become professional. Several have played in local and national youth orchestras. Exam results are often exceptional and have included the award of the ABRSM’s Laura Marco Prize, which is awarded for the highest marks in Grade VIII flute in any one year, as well as the ABRSM’s Lloyd Hartley prize for the highest marks locally in a Grade Six piano exam. It is by no means unusual for exam results to be over 140, with the best being 147 for one young pupil in her first piano exam.

In 2103 Peter resigned from the Examiner Panel of the Royal Schools of Music and took up a similar position with Trinity College London. Since then he has traveled the world, covering many countries in the Far East, and South Asia, as well as New Zealand, the Middle East, South Africa and most recently the Caribbean. Other tours for 2018 include Cyprus and Australia.