Pamela Thorby : recorder
Over the last few years Pamela Thorby has quietly established herself as one of the world’s leading recorder players. Her stylish virtuosity can be heard on numerous recordings of music ranging from the medieval period to the present day.
Pamela records as a solo artist for LINN Records. Her Baroque Recorder Concertos disc (CKD21 received outstanding reviews (“a world-class performer” Gramophone) and was a Gramophone Critic’s Choice. Handel Recorder Sonatas (“set to become a benchmark” The Independent) with Richard Egarr was ‘BBC Music Magazine Chamber Music Disc of the Month’ and a Gramophone Critic’s Choice. A disc of 17th century repertoire entitled Garden of Delights with harpist Andrew Lawrence-King has just been released on LINN to outstanding reviews.
Pamela’s ability to assimilate many styles of music and her skills as an improviser have led to her work with groups such as the modern jazz quartet Perfect Houseplants. She has appeared with them many times as a guest and features on their album New Folk Songs. Pamela is a featured soloist on all of Karl Jenkins’ crossover Adiemus albums. Her appearances on these million-selling albums make her arguably the most listened to recorder player in the world. Pamela is the recorder soloist for Kiri te Kanawa’s Kiri sings Karl released on EMI.
Pamela was the driving force behind the acclaimed Palladian Ensemble from 1991 to 2007. The group achieved international success with over 1000 performances around the world and 10 albums for LINN Records.
Future plans include concerto appearances with the English Concert, a series of new commissions for recorder and string quartet and duo performances with jazz pianist, Huw Warren.
She returned to teach recorder as a principal instrument at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama within a few years of graduating; she is now a GSMD Visiting Professor, teaches York University recorder students and private students at home in York.
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