A Chopin Birthday Concert
Sunday 19 February 2023 at 3pm, All Saints Church, Ainslie, Canberra.
“Thwaites played Chopin’s Ballade No2 in F major superbly….elements of this ballade inspired Thwaites’ writing of “Mazurka:au Tombeau de Chopin”.. this memorable work proved to be the highlight of the concert” Canberra City News February 20, 2023
Friends of Chopin Concert
Première at St Mary le Bow
Igitur Nos – Concert of Thwaites’ works, Canberra September 2017
The concert featured choral works and solo songs, including the Missa Brevis, and also the premiere of Five Shakespeare Songs.
All-Thwaites Concert performance on Friday 6 May 2016, Schott Recital Room, London
Schott-Music, Concert of Thwaites’ works, London – May 2016
“Thwaites is a composer with a gift for hummable tunes and songs that are elegantly wrought”
John Amis critic and broadcaster
“I was thrilled with the beautiful energy and joy of it all”
“a lovely trip through the Thwaites ouevres with loads of memorable tunes”
“really inspiring to hear your music”
“fantastic…it really was an uplifting event”
“still humming all your tunes incessantly – which is lovely”
“a good challenging, multi-instrument workout – thanks for getting me involved”
“a fabulous concert of your music…I still can’t get the tunes out of my head. I really enjoyed performing in it”
Michael Thwaites Centenary, Poetry and Music programmes, London and Oxford – 2015
Marking her poet father’s Centenary in 2015, Penelope returned to Kings Place Concert Halls, London, for a programme of works by Schumann, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Grainger, Handel and others. The music interlaced with the poetry of the distinguished poet Michael Thwaites, the first Australian to win the King’s Medal for Poetry. The programme featured renowned actor Timothy West and the versatile baritone Stephen Varcoe and was also given at Rhodes House, Oxford.