Brenda Blewett

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Branda Blewett

Brenda currently combines a concert career with her position as Joint Head of Accompaniment at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. 

She read music at Oxford University– specialising in 19th century music – and then continued at the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied piano with David Parkhouse and accompaniment with Robert Sutherland and was awarded the Ellen Marie Curtis Prize for her interpretations of Haydn and Mozart.

She has a great love of Norway and Norwegian culture and has performed in many of Norway and Sweden’s major festivals over the last 30 years, touring extensively through both countries, collaborating with many Scandinavian musicians. She has worked as a visiting accompanist at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and in 2014 spent a year as Head of Accompaniment the Barratt Due Institute in Oslo which has had a long and fruitful collaboration with Chetham’s. She is a regular resident pianist at Valdres Sommersymfoni. 

Other performances have taken her to major venues and festivals throughout the UK, Europe and in Los Angeles and New York. She has appeared on television and radio and has given live broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and NRK radio.

Brenda has a great passion for working with young people – nurturing and helping them to develop as performers and musicians. She accompanies frequently in national and international competitions, notably the BBC Young Musician of the Year, Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Royal Overseas League, Sibelius Competition and the Davina van Wely competition in Holland.

She has made 3 CD recordings, all recorded on historical pianos from the collection at Finchcocks  Museum. Her Simax recording of the Haydn trios for flute, cello and piano was chosen as 'Record of the Month' by the German Music Journal "Alte Musik Actuel". She has recently released a disc on the Euridice label of 19th century French music for flute and piano.