Lynne Poulsen

Based : Cape Town

Lynne’s passion for music started at around 6 years old when she would play piano duets with her Dad on their baby grand. By the time she was 10 she was a guest performer with her Dads cover band, so it wasn’t surprising that on leaving school she was already playing professionally in venues around Cape Town. After some overseas travel she was off to UCT to study jazz piano and arrangement under the guidance of Prof Mike Campbell. This led to some great opportunities such as singing for UCT College Big Band, and winning the Adcock Ingram music prize for Jazz Vocals. On leaving UCT, she once again travelled to the UK and ended up performing at the Canterbury Festival with the DAVID REES-WILLIAMS TRIO.

On her return she began gigging around town in venues such as THE GREEN DOLPHIN, THE DOCK ROAD CAFÉ and BERTIES LANDING and writing and performing shows with her brother Adrian. These included COLE PORTER UNDER YOUR SKIN, THE POULSENS DO THE CARPENTERS, and WHAT A FEELING-THE ULTIMATE EIGHTIES SHOW. Soon after this she played keyboards for Mike McCullagh’s SIXTY SOMETHING ELSE, SEVENTY SOMETHING and BEATLEMANIA.

Moving to Johannesburg brought the opportunity of working with Richard Loring in GIRLTALK and traveling to Malaysia with that production. After that she once again teamed up with her brother,Adrian, to form the 6 VOICES PROJECT. The founder members were Lynne Poulsen, Adrian Poulsen, Judith Sephuma, Joe Niemand, Susan Webster, and Timothy Moloi. And further additions to the group were, Lesego Motsepe and  Thabo Mdluli. The Vocal Sextet did several high profile performances including: THE FELICIA SHOW, BAMBANANI, THE VITA AWARDS, THE WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD CEREMONY, THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS, and THE WOMANS DAY CELEBRATIONS held at Loftus Versveld Stadium. They also performed for Prince Andrew Duke of York, on his visit to South Africa.

 

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