Penelope Thwaites


Since her London debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1974, Penelope Thwaites has established an international reputation as a soloist, broadcaster and recording artist.  She has performed concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia and BBC Concert Orchestra in the UK, and with leading orchestras in Australia and America.  Her solo recitals in a wide repertoire have drawn high praise.

Her many recordings of Percy Grainger – some 250 tracks – are unique in covering his solo piano, chamber and orchestral works.  “Her devotion to his art shines out of her playing… a wonderful album” commented BBC’s CD Review.  Her recent trio of solo CDs for Chandos presents all Grainger’s original solo piano works in chronological context for the first time.  A recent review from The Delian (USA) remarked:  “This collection is absolutely superb… one CD all Delians and Graingerites should have even if you have a dozen other Grainger solo piano CDs.”

Penelope was awarded the International Grainger Society’s Medallion in 1991 and was Artistic Director of the 1998 London Grainger Event at St John’s, Smith Square.  She also founded the first international Performing Australian Music Competition 2000/2001 and directed the Music Oz concert series at St John’s in 2003.  She was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2001.

Her solo recital at St John’s, Smith Square last year drew particularly warm praise: “Haydn.. absorbing as it was sublime ...Grainger, positive and heart-warming…perfectly articulated Debussy served with lashings of impressionistic panache” (Musical Opinion)

Penelope is also a composer.  Her works include many songs, instrumental works and theatre music of which the West End musical, ‘Ride! Ride!’, continues in production world-wide.


Compositions published by Bardic Edition


Chamber Music

Vijay’s Fable - Piano Trio (Piano, Violin and Violoncello) [BDXXX]

Choral Music

Carol of Christmas Morning - SATB and piano (organ) [BD0855]
Cold Winter’s Night - SSA and piano [BD0627]
Lambeth Garland, A - SATB soli or SATB choir and piano duet [BD0202]
Look at the Children - Voice or unison choir and piano [BD0628]
Psalm 24 - SATB and piano [BD0935]
Psalm 121 - SS or SA and piano [BD0203]

Organ Music

Carillon - Organ solo [BD0086]
Fanfare - Organ solo [BD0087]

Piano Music

Dancing Pieces - Piano solo [BD0152]
Lambeth Garland, A - Two pianos, four hands (arranged Reed, William) [BD0071]

Vocal Music

All the days of Christmas - Voice and piano [BD0758]
Forestry - Voice and piano [BD0158]
Lambeth Garland, A - SATB soli or SATB choir and piano duet [BD0202]
Look at the Children - Voice or unison choir and piano [BD0628]
Psalm 19 - Voice and piano [BDXXXX]
Psalm 23 - Voice and piano [BDXXXX]
Reverie - Voice and piano [BD0159]
Walkabout - Voice and piano [BDXXXX]

Stage Works

Ride!  Ride! - Vocal Score - Soli, chorus and piano (for fuller details click here) [BD0863]
 

Arrangements published by Bardic Edition

Bridal Lullaby, A (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Simplified piano solo (“Howards End” film cover version) [BD0024]
Power of Love, The - Transcription for piano solo [BD0363]

Editions published by Bardic Edition

Andante con moto (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BD0022]
Gigue (Grainger, Gerorge Percy) - Piano solo [BD0906]
Klavierstück in A minor (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BD0439]
Klavierstück in B (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BD0440]
Klavierstück in D (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BD0438]
Klavierstück in E (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BD0441]
Prelude in C (Grainger, George Percy) - Piano solo [BDXXXX]
Prelude in G (Grainger, George Percy) - Piano solo [BD0907]
Seven men from all the world (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BD0905]
Train Music (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo (excerpt) [BD0651]


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