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Name: Penelope Smith

Instrument: Oboe


Penelope Smith

Penelope Smith took up the oboe at the age of fourteen while at school in Mid Wales and continued her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department.


In 2005, Penelope was awarded a full scholarship to Trinity College of Music, where she studied under Josephine Lively and Christopher O’Neal. During her time at TCM she participated in many orchestral projects, which include a recording of works by Alan Hovhanness for Naxos with the TCM Wind Ensemble. She has also recorded Haydn’s Nocturnes and Scherzandi for the British Haydn Society.

A successful audition for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales in 2008 saw Penelope performing in various concert halls throughout England and Wales, culminating in a collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.


After graduating from TCM with a BMus(Hons), Penelope went on to study at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of David Theodore, Christopher Cowie and Christine Pendrill. During her studies she was awarded a place on the Orchestral Pathway Scheme and was the recipient of the Evelyn Rothwell Oboe Prize in 2011. She graduated in 2012 with a Masters degree in Orchestral Performance.


As a soloist, Penelope has performed Haydn’s Concerto for Oboe with the Orchestra of Situation Opera, Agrell’s Oboe Concerto with the Amadè players and has given recitals throughout the UK in venues such as the Chapel Royal, Brighton and Mandeville Place, London.