Penelope Turner is a versatile singer with a large range and an expressive voice capable of producing many different shades and colours of sound.
In her programmes she puts great emphasis on the importance of text and context; careful consideration is given to setting and there is always a strong dramatic content and often a good dose of humour.
Recent solo projects have highlighted her interest in modern and contemporary music, and in particular in composers who mix genres such as classical with jazz, or contemporary with early music.
- 2014/2015: Marlene in Paris – a programme of songs inspired by Marlene Dietrich and her time in Paris in the 1930s. Music by Kurt Weill, Francis Poulenc, Edith Piaf, Jean Wiéner, Clément Doucet… With Andrew Wise.
- 2013: Just Kurt – a programme of songs by Kurt Weill from the 1920s, 30s and 40s performed with the pianist Andrew Wise.
- 2013: publication in Music&Practice of the article ‘Notre Dame Organum Duplum: What does a performer need from a modern edition’.
- 2012: Hildegard Von Bingen and Stevie Wishart in the ‘Inner Garden’, a FoAM production in the glasshouses of Ghent’s botanical gardens.
- 2011: launch of X-Ambitus. Concert at the opening of Daarkom, the Flemish-Moroccan cultural house in Brussels.
- 2010: UK PROM concert with the BBC Singers and Stevie Wishart’s group Sinfonye.
- 2008: Classic meets Cabaret – a recital programme of works by 20th century and contemporary composers and involving the audience to the maximum. Performed with the pianist Andrew Wise.
- 2007: première of Stevie Wishart’s piece Europa at the Styriate Festival, Graz.
- 2003: co-founder of ensemble Ut Sol, a group specializing in the interpretation and dramatic setting of medieval music – in particular the music of the Ecole de Notre Dame of Leonin and Perotin.
- 1998: co-founder of the three-voice ensemble, Trigon, winner of the 1998 International Young Artists’ Presentation (Festival of Flanders), Antwerp, Belgium.
Penelope began her singing career as a Choral Scholar at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, whilst studying law. Although she completed her training as a UK solicitor, she chose for a career in music, finishing her musical training with a course in early vocal ensemble music with Dr. Rebecca Stewart at the Brabants Conservatory, Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Since 1998, Penelope has specialized in early music, and modern and contemporary music, performing at internationally renowned venues including: the Festival of Flanders, Antwerp; the Utrecht Festival for Early Music; the York Early Music Festival; the UK PROM series; the Styriarte Festival, Graz; the Herrenhausen Festival, Hannover; the Festival d’Ile de France; the Slovenian Brezice Music Festival; and the BOZAR concert hall, Brussels; these, in addition to numerous other venues in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Since 2005, Penelope has also been involved in educational projects in partnership with the Réseau de Musiciens Intervenants en Ateliers (ReMuA), the BOZAR Education Department and the Orchestre Nationale de Belgique.
Penelope has extensive recording experience, both for CD and live radio, in particular with Trigon (Music for Candlemas, released in 2000), Aquarius and the Laudantes Consort. In 2006 she recorded the contemporary work Song of the Mountains by Frances Turner.