Brenda graduated with honours from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she met her future husband, John Ogdon. She embarked on a world-wide solo career and a piano duo partnership with John. This took them to almost anywhere in the world where grand pianos existed. Brenda has appeared at the Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals, and also Sintra in Portugal and Maine in the U.S.A. She has recorded for several major labels including EMI & Decca and her work has frequently been broadcast. She has appeared with major orchestras throughout the UK, Australia and the U.S.A.
She has also performed with Andre Previn and the Houston Symphony, Neville Mariner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, appeared twice at the Proms and was honoured to be invited to play in Hong Kong and broadcast on RTHK in 1996 at the time of the hand-over of the colony to China.
In 1992 she released a solo piano CD on Gamut Classics of John's compositions the piano music of John Ogdon. After Johns untimely death in 1989 she founded the John Ogdon foundation to assist young musicians. In 1997 she appeared at the R.F.H. in a gala to honour his 60th birthday anniversary and again in 1999 at the South Bank with three other international pianists on the 10th anniversary of Johns death.
Brenda has given public performances of the complete cycle of book I of the 48 preludes and fugues by J.S.Bach. In addition to performing Brenda is a committed teacher and has enjoyed giving master classes. She taught at Eton College and is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
always technically adept and fluent Evening Standard
a reading of insight and devoted understanding Birmingham Post
Throughout, she played with elegance, a sure technical command and the full involvement and fluidity of movement of arms and upper body - she brings a unique personality to the music - she elicited tones of exquisite beauty from the Steinway Model D ... Ellsworth American 2003
Ogdon and Lucas make a fine musical Duo, with brilliant techniques and a sure, unanimous grasp of rhythmic energy and sweeping, eloquent phrasing. Warmly recommended Rachmaninov. Manchester Evening News 1989