Our Accompanist

Annabel Thwaite Accompanist
Annabel Thwaite

Recognised as one of the most versatile and charismatic pianists, Annabel Thwaite has won all the major accompanying prizes, including the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier, Gold Medal, and Richard Tauber Piano Prizes. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has toured throughout the world, and most recently in Carnegie Hall, New York and concerts in Canada and Denmark. She has collaborated with artists such as Bryn Terfel, Roberto Alagna and chamber music with the Danish Ensemble Midtvest. Most recently she recorded the music for the Michael Clarke Dance Company which performed to critical acclaim at the Barbican Centre.

Annabel’s discography includes The Scottish Tenor for Universal Records, which was nominated for a Classical Brit Award, a world premiere recording of music by Hilary Tann, a disc of romantic violin and piano works with Matthew Jones, and the complete Violin and Viola works of Benjamin Britten for Naxos, named Chamber CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine. As a film session pianist, she has recorded the music for the Hollywood movie Awake, the BBC Jane Austen series Emma, The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister and the Spanish film De tu Ventana.

Four times the accompanist for the London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs, her performances at the Royal Albert Hall were recorded and released by Sain and have been aired on UK television. Further TV appearances include Blue Peter, The Rob Brydon Show and a documentary following a day in the life of Bryn Terfel for BBC 4.

Annabel’s extensive teaching experience includes being Director of the Core courses at the Pro Corda International Chamber Music Academy and adjudicating at numerous festivals and competitions, including the National Chamber Music Festival. In addition to being an Associated Board Music examiner, audition pianist and conductor, Annabel is extremely committed to outreach projects, having been a member of the “Live Music Now!” and “Lost Chord” schemes.

Annabel is passionate about making Classical music more accessible to young children and broadcasts her own Radio show “Music for you and your little ones” for Meridian Radio every Tuesday morning. She has also given a number of workshops and concerts introducing Lieder to children as part of the Machynlleth, Oxford and Leeds Lieder festivals, Bach to Baby podcasts and a series of concerts in the inaugural York Chamber Music Festival.

In addition to all her performing, Annabel is a mother to two young children so to keep herself grounded she is also a qualified Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and gives classes and workshops specializing in the benefits of yoga for musicians at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and other musical institutions and international festivals.