6 May 2016
Penelope is a musician with an exceptionally wide repertoire. Her London debut in 1974 featured the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Mussorgsky. She has gone on to perform both the well-known classics alongside rarely performed repertoire, such as the Constant Lambert Piano Sonata, and works by notable Australians such as Arthur Benjamin, Peter Sculthorpe and Peggy Glanville-Hicks. Her CD, ‘Travelling Between Worlds’, includes many other favourite composers.
After graduating with highest honours at the top of her year in a B Mus degree from Melbourne University, she found herself initially working in and composing for the theatre. Hundreds of songs, four musicals and four revues later, she worked with West End artists on her musical (with Alan Thornhill) Ride!Ride!, a show that has continued in production with both amateurs and professionals ever since. Gramophone Magazine described the CD as “a compelling aural drama.”