Lynette’s love of choral music led to her branching into choral conducting whilst at university where she learnt her trade working with the Australian Boys’ Choir and the Melbourne Youth Choir, and was assistant conductor and co-founder of The Young Voices of Melbourne. She has participated in conducting classes and masterclasses with Roland Young, Berwyn Roberts, Robert Rosen and Ed Bolkovac. She is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD).

She currently conducts Wolfson College Choir and Chamber Singers and King’s Junior Voices and is Chorus Master for Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus.

Lynette conducting King’s Junior Voices

Lyn Alcántara, Daniel Oi (c) 2012

©2012 Daniel Oi

In January 2008 Lynette founded King’s Junior Voices, a free 95 voice mixed children’s choir, as part of the King’s College Chorister Outreach Project in association with Sing Up and the National Singing Curriculum. When government funding ceased in July 2010 Lynette drew together a group of Trustees and successfully applied for charitable status for King’s Junior Voices (Registered Charity Number: 1138969) and the choir is continuing a strong association with King’s College, Cambridge. We have given concerts in King’s College Chapel, West Rd Concert Hall, Ely Cathedral and St Andrew’s St Baptist Church. We have also performed alongside The King’s Singers in King’s College Chapel and broadcast on Classic FM radio and Cambridge TV.

Between 2008-2010 as part of her work for Sing Up ( Lynette worked as a choral animateur on behalf of the King’s College Choir Outreach Project in 25 Cambridge state primary schools preparing hundreds of children for performances in King’s College Chapel. She is currently leading outreach work at The Grove Primary School in Cambridge on behalf of King’s Junior Voices.

Wolfson College Choir

Since 1993 Lynette has conducted the choir of Wolfson College, Cambridge, building it up from a small choir of fifteen to the current fifty voice mixed choir. Past performances range from Bach’s St John Passion to a tour to Greece at the invitation of the International Society for Music Education. In addition to their college commitments, the choir has toured to Rome, sung in the Cambridge University 800th Prom, on BBC Songs of Praise and performed in Mahler’s Symphony of a thousand in Ely Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall. An example of our repertoire includes Messiah, Durufle Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Schubert Mass in G, Mozart Coronation Mass. In 2013 to celebrate 20 years conducting the choir we performed Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Since 1998 Lynette has been Director of Music at Wolfson where she is also a Fellow and member of the Governing Body.

With the Wolfson College Choir and Orchestra Lynette has conducted works including:

Bach Christmas Oratorio Parts 1 & 2
Britten A Ceremony of Carols, Hymn to St. Cecilia
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Buxtehude Das Neugeborne Kindelein
Charpentier Te Deum, Messe de Minuit
Faure Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine
Finzi In Terra Pax
Handel Chandos Anthems, Zadok the Priest
Handel Messiah
Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse, In sanae et vanae curae, Missa Sancti Nicolai
Mozart Missa Brevis in C
Mozart Requiem
Purcell Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day 1692, Come ye sons of art, Dido and Aeneas
Rutter Fancies, Requiem, Gloria
Schubert Mass in G
Sullivan The Mikado
Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Vivaldi Gloria

Various programmes of carols, 19th and 20th century Part-songs, light music and folksongs.