A soprano “Blessed with a voice of pristine clarity”, Penelope Appleyard is becoming known for the purity and agility of her voice, and her stylish interpretations of historical repertoire. She graduated with Distinction from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and now performs as a soloist and consort singer, particularly in the field of early music.
She has performed at prestigious venues internationally from Mexico to Istanbul, and has worked with ensembles including The New London Consort, the Taverner Consort, the Monteverdi Choir, Wiener Akademie, The London Bach Singers and Feinstein Ensemble, Arcangelo, Armonico Consort, Ex Cathedra and the Royal Shakespeare Company, also appearing on numerous recordings. Roles have included Cupid (Venus and Adonis) Dorinda (The Tempest) Shepherdess and Siren (King Arthur) Bonvica (Bonduca) Pallas (Judgement of Paris) Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas) Mopsa (Fairy Queen) and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) at Bridgewater Hall alongside Roderick Williams. Penelope appears regularly on the concert platform, engagements having included Bach’s B minor Mass at the Bologna Festival with David Roblou and Philip Pickett, Arne’s Alfred with Steven Devine, Monteverdi Vespers with Laurence Cummings and King Arthur for the Brighton Early Music Festival. She made her solo debut at Cadogan Hall in 2017 deputising for Dame Emma Kirkby. She has a particular love for chamber music and singing with instrumentalists. She has given recitals at Handel House with Julian Perkins, performed Purcell songs with the Orchestra of St John’s at St John’s Smith Square, regularly collaborates with lutenist Hector Sequera – with whom she has performed for the National Lute Society and Medieval and Renaissance Society – and is a member of the ensemble Dowland Works, led by Dame Emma Kirkby. She also sings with acclaimed a cappella group Apollo5. She co-founded historical chamber group Florisma, with whom she has recorded Handel’s ‘Neun Deutsche Arien’ for Convivium Records, to critical acclaim. She studies with Julie Kennard and Christine Cairns and has appeared in masterclasses with Catherine Bott, James Bowman, Michael Chance and Emily van Evera. Additionally she runs her own private vocal and flute teaching practice.