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Penny Thompson

Penny Thompson

Penny Thompson

Instrument - Violin

Joined Orchestra- 2007

A little bit about me.............................

I took up the violin in 2003 and my first concert was at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in March 2007 and I spent the whole concert smiling ‘cos I was enjoying it so much. I could not really play very much of the music but fortunately was situated behind a lectern.

Do you play another instrument? 
Organ and piano.  I learned the oboe at school as well. But I took up the organ late in life as well (but before the violin!)

What is the most famous venue you have played at? 
Liverpool Philharmonic with Superorchestra

Have you ever played with anybody famous? 
Yes, Petrenko, see above.

What are your ambitions for the future?
I passed Grade 8 last year for which I had to work very hard.  I mainly would like to become a better player and still have violin lessons.  

What car do you drive?
A Nissan Leaf which is a fully electric car and great fun. 

What is the most daring thing you have done?
Joined the orchestra.

What is your favourite food? 
Mmm’well I always choose liver if it is on the menu so that must be one of my favourites!

How do you like to relax? 
Well, I play golf a lot, but don’t know that it is relaxing.

What was the last book you read? 
I read German novels and the last one was by Eva Maaser and called Eine Unbeliebte Frau. 

What is the most unusual venue you have played in?
A shack in Croatia on a boating holiday.

Who is your favourite instrumentalist? 
Well, my violin teacher of many years, Kirsten Sothmann is a great player and I like hearing her play in our folk band Time Ashore’see www.timeashore.info She plays all sorts of instruments, not just the violin.

Why is the Southport Orchestra important to you? 
I never thought I would be able to play in an orchestra and, although I still find it really hard, playing in the orchestra has been, and is, one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I would highly recommend the orchestra to anyone thinking about having a go. I nearly gave up after about 6 weeks but Joe Judge encouraged me to keep at it: “you won’t regret it” he said and he was right. I don’t!