Lynette Carveth (CO84) prepares to perform with Pendennis Brass and Truro Methodist Church Choir on Friday 19 August 2016.
After leaving Truro School in 1984, Lynette Carveth went to the Royal Academy of Music to study singing and piano for 4 years. Whilst in London she met her husband Rachid, and after graduating she found herself unexpectedly living in Algiers. Lynette said:
It turned out to be an amazing experience, teaching music at the American School and organising concerts among the diplomatic community.
After 2 years, the rise of fundamentalism and political change meant a sudden exit from that beautiful country and via the USA, Italy and the UK (including a stint as a Butlins Redcoat!) Lynette found herself living in Madrid, where she has remained since 1993. While living in Madrid Lynette took up a position in the chorus of Radiotelevision Española where she worked for 3 years before becoming a member of the chorus of the Teatro Real, the Royal Opera House. Lynette explained:
I performed regularly there for 12 years and had the privilege of working with some of the world’s finest singers, directors and musicians.
Since 1997, she has been a member of the Association of Spanish Composers, with whom she continues to regularly perform new compositions and also works to promote contemporary Spanish music throughout Spain and abroad.
My ultimate ambition was to start my own company, so 10 years ago Caprici Arte y Música was launched with the objective of making opera and classical music more accessible to the general public.
The approach of including comedy and theatre has proved to be a successful mix with Spanish audiences and Caprici Arte y Música shows are regularly programmed in Madrid Theatres as well as for conferences and other events. Lynette also works regularly with the tenor, Kevin Potton and under the name of Waxing Lyrical they perform popular opera extracts and musical hits for private events in the UK and Spain.
As a teacher Lynette has in the past taught singing at the University of San Pablo and currently teaches at the French Institute. She also runs the Madrid International Choir as well as offering private classes in preparation for the Royal Schools exams. Even though she is clearly very busy she still finds time to keep in touch with home and maintain her links with Truro.
I have been very grateful to have had continuing ties with my home town of Truro. I’m privileged to be vice-president of the Truro Male Choir and still sing with them when occasions allow. The highlight was when the choir came to Spain and I sang with them there.
Last Christmas Lynette returned home to sing with the Cornwall Symphony Chorus, which she recalls fondly as a wonderful experience. She will be returning again to appear with the Pendennis Brass and Truro Methodist Church Choir at Truro Methodist Church again on Friday 19 August. This concert has been organised to support Cornwall Hospice Care, an amazing charity that has helped thousands of people and is a cause which has a special place in Lynette’s heart:
I am personally indebted to them and the wonderful care they gave my mother, and indeed us all as a family.
Tickets and information on the concert available from: Truro Tourist Office or on the Cornish Riviera Box Office website.