In 1949 Brenda was awarded the Gold Medal from the Associated Board for the highest marks in any Practical subject throughout the British Isles, Northern Ireland and Eire for Grade VII Piano.
Brenda went on to graduate with Honours from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1957. John Ogdon was a Student at the College at the same time and John and Brenda were married in 1960.
Brenda embarked on a Solo career making her first appearance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 21 and giving Solo Recitals for the BBC from the Manchester Studio. She also gave a Solo Recital at the Wigmore Hall during the early sixties. John and Brenda performed as a Duo partnership and were invited to play at several major Festivals i.e. Edinburgh (1962/63), Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Sintra to name but a few.
Brenda has appeared with the following orchestras: London Symphony; BBC Scottish Orchestra; Royal Philharmonic; Birmingham Symphony; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Minnesota Orchestra; Dartmouth College, U.S.A.; Houston Symphony; Northern Sinfonia; Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; London Philharmonic; all Principal Orchestras in Australia.
In 1985 Brenda and John toured in the Soviet Union, giving Duo Recitals in Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev. The Moscow Recital was part of the Russian “Winter Nights” Festival. In addition to performing with the above American Orchestras, Brenda has played in Dallas, Texas; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Indiana University and Colby College, Maine. In 1996 Brenda gave recitals in Hong Kong and broadcast for RTHK.
In 1993 she founded the John Ogdon Foundation – a Charity dedicated to the preservation of John’s memory.
In 1997 Brenda appeared on the South Bank at a Gala Concert for John’s 60th Birthday and again at yet another Gala in Q.E.H. in 1999 with three other international pianists. In 2003 she gave a Recital in Maine, U.S.A. to an ecstatic review from the critic – she plans to return to the USA later in 2005 for more recitals.
Brenda also finds time to teach and is a Member of the I.S.M.
Records are available by John Ogdon and Brenda Lucas on EMI Classics; Universal Music; a CD of John Ogdon Compositions performed by Brenda will be issued by the John Ogdon Foundation in 2005.