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.

List of Works in the catalogue of Bardic Edition

Chamber Music

Vijay’s Fable - Piano Trio (Piano, Violin and Violoncello) [BDE 914]

Choral Music

A Carol of Christmas Morning - SATB and piano (organ) [BDE 855]
Cold Winter’s Night - SSA and piano (ad lib. guitars) [BDE 627]
Lambeth Garland, A - SATB soli or SATB choir and piano duet [BDE 202]
Lead, Kindly Light - SATB choir and piano (organ) [BDE 1092]
Look at the Children - Voice or unison choir and piano [BDE 628]
Psalm 24 - SATB and piano (organ) [BDE 911]
Psalm 121 - SS or SA and piano [BDE 203]
Walkabout - solo voice, mixed chorus and piano [BDE 913]

Organ Music

Carillon - Organ solo [BDE 86]*
Fanfare - Organ solo [BDE 86]*

*Published as ‘Two Pieces for Organ’

Piano Music

Dancing Pieces - Piano solo [BDE 152]
Lambeth Garland, A - Two pianos, four hands (arranged Reed, William) [BDE 71]

Vocal Music

All the days of Christmas - Voice and piano [BDE 758]
Forestry - Voice and piano [BDE 158]
Lambeth Garland, A - SATB soli or SATB choir and piano duet [BDE 202]
Look at the Children - Voice and piano [BDE 628]
Psalm 19 - Voice and piano [BDE 910]
Psalm 23 - Voice and piano [BDE 258]
Reverie - Voice and piano [BDE 159]

Arrangements published by Bardic Edition

Bridal Lullaby, A (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Simplified piano solo (“Howards End” film cover version) [BDE 24]
Power of Love, The - Transcription for piano solo [BDE 363]

Editions published by Bardic Edition

Andante con moto (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BDE 22]
Gigue (Grainger, Gerorge Percy) - Piano solo [BDE 907]*
Klavierstück in A minor (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BDE 439]
Klavierstück in B (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BDE 440]
Klavierstück in D (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BDE 438]
Klavierstück in E (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BDE 441]
Prelude in C (Grainger, George Percy) - Piano solo [BDE 907]*
Prelude in G (Grainger, George Percy) - Piano solo [BDE 907]*
Seven men from all the world (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo [BDE 905]
Train Music (Grainger, Percy Aldridge) - Piano solo (excerpt) [BDE 651]

*Published as '‘Two Preludes and a Gigue’

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