Biography

 
 

Since completing her music degree at Oxford University, Penny has combined solo singing work, with a busy teaching schedule and role as Head of Singing at the School of St Helen and St Katharine, Abingdon, and a private teaching practice.  She has also taught at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music.


She has achieved acclaim at numerous Music Festivals winning many prizes for both individual classes, and accolades for the best overall performances. 


Penny has taken part in Masterclasses with many experienced performers and teachers, including Ryland Davies, Malcolm Martineau, Susanna Stranders, Robin Bowman, Simon Over, James Bowman, Ann Lampard and Claire Weston.  


Roles in operas and opera extracts have included Countess, The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Desdemona, Othello (Verdi), Belinda, Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) and Mother, in the World Premiere of Pascha Nostrum (Caldwell).  Oratorio performances have included soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah, Bach's St Matthew Passion, Magnificat, ‘Herz und Mund’ Cantata and Mass in B Minor, Fanshawe's African Sanctus, Faure’s Requiem, Gounod's Messe Solonelle De Sainte Cecile, Jenkins' Armed Man, Mass for Peace, Mozart‘s Requiem, Rossini Petit Messe Solonelle and Telemann Cantatas 20 and 21. She has performed numerous  recitals in venues such as the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, New College, Oxford, and Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 


At university she held a choral scholarship at St Peter’s College, with whom she regularly performed solos and took part in European tours.  She was a member of various other prestigious choral ensembles  and regularly sang with members of the Choral Foundation Choirs.


Television credits include appearances in Time Team and Lewis.


Penny is a member of the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians). 


She lives in Faringdon with her husband, daughter and cat. Her other hobbies include reading, baking, knitting and playing various types of accordion.


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