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King, Dame Thea (clarinet)
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Dame Thea King (clarinet)

see also Dame Thea King (basset clarinet)

The doyenne of English clarinettists, Dame Thea King was a greatly loved and respected artist who enjoyed a varied career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. She appeared at all the major festivals in Britain, and also in Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Brazil and the USA, frequently as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra for whom she played principal clarinet.

Her solo recordings feature nineteenth-century repertoire and British music of this century (many were première recordings), including a recent issue of Britten's posthumously published Concerto Movement, together with concertos by Malcolm Arnold and Elizabeth Maconchy. Her versions of Mozart and Brahms have often been the preferred choice of critics in both broadcast and magazine reviews.

Thea King also played the solo repertoire for basset clarinet and basset horn, and recorded all three parts in Mendelssohn's Konzertstück, Op 114, for clarinet, basset-horn and piano for the BBC's 'Double Exposure' series.

She was a professor at the Guildhall School of Music, and was created a Dame of the British Empire in 2001, having earlier been awarded the OBE in 1985.

Dame Thea King died on 26 June 2007.

Albums
'Arnold, Britten & Maconchy: Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55060)
Arnold, Britten & Maconchy: Clarinet Concertos
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'Blake, Lutosławski & Seiber: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66215)
Blake, Lutosławski & Seiber: Clarinet Concertos
'Brahms: Clarinet Quintet & Clarinet Trio' (CDA66107)
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet & Clarinet Trio
'Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas' (CDH55158)
Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas
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'Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music' (CDS44331/42)
Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music
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'Britten, Maconchy & Arnold: Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55060)
Britten, Maconchy & Arnold: Clarinet Concertos
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'Clarinet Quintets' (CDH55105)
Clarinet Quintets
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'Cooke, Rawsthorne & Jacob: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66031)
Cooke, Rawsthorne & Jacob: Clarinet Concertos
'Crusell & Weber: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66088)
Crusell & Weber: Clarinet Concertos
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'Crusell: Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55203)
Crusell: Clarinet Concertos
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'Crusell: Clarinet Quartets' (CDH55031)
Crusell: Clarinet Quartets
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'English Music for Clarinet' (CDD22027)
English Music for Clarinet
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'Finzi & Stanford: Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55101)
Finzi & Stanford: Clarinet Concertos
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'Fuchs, Stanford & Romberg: Clarinet Quintets' (CDH55076)
Fuchs, Stanford & Romberg: Clarinet Quintets
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'Jacob & Somervell: Clarinet Quintets' (CDH55110)
Jacob & Somervell: Clarinet Quintets
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'Jacob, Cooke & Rawsthorne: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66031)
Jacob, Cooke & Rawsthorne: Clarinet Concertos
'Lutosławski, Seiber & Blake: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66215)
Lutosławski, Seiber & Blake: Clarinet Concertos
'Maconchy, Arnold & Britten: Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55060)
Maconchy, Arnold & Britten: Clarinet Concertos
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'Rawsthorne, Jacob & Cooke: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66031)
Rawsthorne, Jacob & Cooke: Clarinet Concertos
'Romberg, Fuchs & Stanford: Clarinet Quintets' (CDH55076)
Romberg, Fuchs & Stanford: Clarinet Quintets
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'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger' (CDJ33009)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 9 – Arleen Auger
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'Seiber, Blake & Lutosławski: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66215)
Seiber, Blake & Lutosławski: Clarinet Concertos
'Simpson: String Quartet No 13 & String Quintet No 2' (CDA66905)
Simpson: String Quartet No 13 & String Quintet No 2
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'Somervell & Jacob: Clarinet Quintets' (CDH55110)
Somervell & Jacob: Clarinet Quintets
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'Stanford & Finzi: Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55101)
Stanford & Finzi: Clarinet Concertos
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'Stanford, Romberg & Fuchs: Clarinet Quintets' (CDH55076)
Stanford, Romberg & Fuchs: Clarinet Quintets
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'Süssmayr: Concerto movement; Tausch: Double Clarinet Concertos' (CDH55188)
Süssmayr: Concerto movement; Tausch: Double Clarinet Concertos
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'The Clarinet in Concert' (CDD22017)
The Clarinet in Concert
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'Villa-Lobos: Music for flute' (CDH55057)
Villa-Lobos: Music for flute
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'Weber & Crusell: Clarinet Concertos' (CDA66088)
Weber & Crusell: Clarinet Concertos
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'Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition' (HYP200)
Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition
MP3 £4.50FLAC £4.50ALAC £4.50 HYP200  Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1' (HYP12)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
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'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
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Complete works available for download
MALCOLM ARNOLD  (1921-2006)
Clarinet Concerto No 1, Op 20 with English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Clarinet Concerto No 2, Op 115 with English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Scherzetto for clarinet and orchestra with English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
HOWARD BLAKE  (b1938)
Clarinet Concerto with English Chamber Orchestra, Howard Blake (conductor)
SIR ARTHUR BLISS  (1891-1975)
Pastoral with Clifford Benson (piano)
JOHANNES BRAHMS  (1833-1897)
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115 with Gabrieli String Quartet
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115 with Gabrieli String Quartet
Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op 120 No 2 with Clifford Benson (piano)
Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op 120 No 1 with Clifford Benson (piano)
Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in A minor, Op 114 with Karine Georgian (cello), Clifford Benson (piano)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN  (1913-1976)
Movement for clarinet and orchestra with English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
MAX BRUCH  (1838-1920)
Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra in E minor, Op 88 with Nobuko Imai (viola), London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
ARNOLD COOKE  (1906-2005)
Clarinet Quintet with The Britten String Quartet
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra with Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, Alun Francis (conductor)
Sonata for clarinet and piano in B flat major with Clifford Benson (piano)
BERNHARD HENRIK CRUSELL  (1775-1838)
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 1 with London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F minor 'Grand Concerto', Op 5 with London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Clarinet Concerto No 3 in B flat major, Op 11 with London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Clarinet Quartet No 1 in E flat major, Op 2 with The Allegri String Quartet
Clarinet Quartet No 2 in C minor, Op 4 with The Allegri String Quartet
Clarinet Quartet No 3 in D major, Op 7 with The Allegri String Quartet
Introduction and Variations on a Swedish Air, Op 12 with London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
HOWARD FERGUSON  (1908-1999)
Four Short Pieces, Op 6 with Clifford Benson (piano)
GERALD FINZI  (1901-1956)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, Op 31 with Philharmonia Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Five Bagatelles, Op 23 with Clifford Benson (piano)
BENJAMIN FRANKEL  (1906-1973)
Clarinet Quintet, Op 28 with The Britten String Quartet
ROBERT FUCHS  (1847-1927)
Clarinet Quintet in E flat major, Op 102 with The Britten String Quartet
GUSTAV ADOLF HEINZE  (1820-1904)
Konzertstück in F major with English Chamber Orchestra, James Judd (conductor)
JOSEPH HOLBROOKE  (1878-1958)
Eilean Shona with The Britten String Quartet
HERBERT HOWELLS  (1892-1983)
Rhapsodic Quintet, Op 31 with The Britten String Quartet
Sonata for clarinet and piano with Clifford Benson (piano)
WILLIAM HURLSTONE  (1876-1906)
Four Characteristic Pieces with Clifford Benson (piano)
GORDON JACOB  (1895-1984)
Clarinet Quintet in G minor with The Aeolian Quartet
Mini-concerto for clarinet and string orchestra with Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, Alun Francis (conductor)
WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI  (1913-1994)
Dance preludes with English Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
ELIZABETH MACONCHY  (1907-1994)
Clarinet Quintet with The Britten String Quartet
Concertino No 1 with English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
Concertino No 2 with English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN  (1809-1847)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in D minor, Op 114 with Georgina Dobrée (basset horn), London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in F minor, Op 113 with Georgina Dobrée (basset horn), London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
ALAN RAWSTHORNE  (1905-1971)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra with Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, Alun Francis (conductor)
FRANZ REIZENSTEIN  (1911-1968)
Arabesques, Op 47 with Clifford Benson (piano)
JULIUS RIETZ  (1812-1877)
Clarinet Concerto in G minor, Op 29 with English Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
ANDREAS ROMBERG  (1767-1821)
Clarinet Quintet in E flat major, Op 57 with The Britten String Quartet
FRANZ SCHUBERT  (1797-1828)
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965 with Arleen Auger (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Ich schleiche bang und still herum, D787 No 2 with Arleen Auger (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
MÁTYÁS SEIBER  (1905-1960)
Concertino for clarinet and string orchestra with English Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
ROBERT SIMPSON  (1921-1997)
Quintet for clarinet and strings with Delmé Quartet
ÉTIENNE SOLÈRE  (1753-1817)
Sinfonie Concertante for two clarinets in F major with Georgina Dobrée (clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
SIR ARTHUR SOMERVELL  (1863-1937)
Clarinet Quintet in G major with The Aeolian Quartet
LOUIS SPOHR  (1784-1859)
Variations in B flat major, WoO15 with English Chamber Orchestra, James Judd (conductor)
SIR CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD  (1852-1924)
Clarinet Concerto in A minor, Op 80 with Philharmonia Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Fantasy for clarinet and string quartet No 1 in G minor with The Britten String Quartet
Fantasy for clarinet and string quartet No 2 in F major with The Britten String Quartet
Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op 129 with Clifford Benson (piano)
FRANZ WILHELM TAUSCH  (1762-1817)
Concerto for two clarinets No 1 in B flat major, Op 27 with Nicholas Bucknall (clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, Leopold Hager (conductor)
Concerto for two clarinets No 2 in B flat major, Op 26 with Nicholas Bucknall (clarinet), English Chamber Orchestra, Leopold Hager (conductor)
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS  (1887-1959)
Chôros No 2 with William Bennett (flute)
Quinteto em forma de chôros with William Bennett (flute), Neil Black (oboe), Janice Knight (cor anglais), Robin O'Neill (bassoon)
Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon with Neil Black (oboe), Robin O'Neill (bassoon)
CARL MARIA VON WEBER  (1786-1826)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 74 with London Symphony Orchestra, Alun Francis (conductor)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Arabesques, Op 47 (Reizenstein)
Chôros No 2 (Villa-Lobos)
Clarinet Concerto (Blake)
Clarinet Concerto in A minor, Op 80 (Stanford)
Clarinet Concerto in G minor, Op 29 (Rietz)
Clarinet Concerto No 1 in E flat major, Op 1 (Crusell)
Clarinet Concerto No 1, Op 20 (Arnold)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in E flat major, Op 74 (Weber)
Clarinet Concerto No 2 in F minor 'Grand Concerto', Op 5 (Crusell)
Clarinet Concerto No 2, Op 115 (Arnold)
Clarinet Concerto No 3 in B flat major, Op 11 (Crusell)
Clarinet Quartet No 1 in E flat major, Op 2 (Crusell)
Clarinet Quartet No 2 in C minor, Op 4 (Crusell)
Clarinet Quartet No 3 in D major, Op 7 (Crusell)
Clarinet Quintet (Cooke)
Clarinet Quintet (Maconchy)
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115 (Brahms)
Clarinet Quintet in E flat major, Op 102 (Fuchs)
Clarinet Quintet in E flat major, Op 57 (Romberg)
Clarinet Quintet in G major (Somervell)
Clarinet Quintet in G minor (Jacob)
Clarinet Quintet, Op 28 (Frankel)
Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op 120 No 2 (Brahms)
Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op 120 No 1 (Brahms)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in D minor, Op 114 (Mendelssohn)
Concert Piece for clarinet, basset horn and orchestra in F minor, Op 113 (Mendelssohn)
Concertino for clarinet and string orchestra (Seiber)
Concertino No 1 (Maconchy)
Concertino No 2 (Maconchy)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra (Cooke)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra (Rawsthorne)
Concerto for clarinet and string orchestra, Op 31 (Finzi)
Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra in E minor, Op 88 (Bruch)
Concerto for two clarinets No 1 in B flat major, Op 27 (Tausch)
Concerto for two clarinets No 2 in B flat major, Op 26 (Tausch)
Dance preludes (Lutosławski)
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965 (Schubert)
Eilean Shona (Holbrooke)
Fantasy for clarinet and string quartet No 1 in G minor (Stanford)
Fantasy for clarinet and string quartet No 2 in F major (Stanford)
Five Bagatelles, Op 23 (Finzi)
Four Characteristic Pieces (Hurlstone)
Four Short Pieces, Op 6 (Ferguson)
Ich schleiche bang und still herum, D787 No 2 (Schubert/Spiegl)
Introduction and Variations on a Swedish Air, Op 12 (Crusell)
Konzertstück in F major (Heinze)
Mini-concerto for clarinet and string orchestra (Jacob)
Movement for clarinet and orchestra (Britten/Matthews)
Pastoral (Bliss)
Quintet for clarinet and strings (Simpson)
Quinteto em forma de chôros (Villa-Lobos)
Rhapsodic Quintet, Op 31 (Howells)
Scherzetto for clarinet and orchestra (Arnold/Palmer)
Sinfonie Concertante for two clarinets in F major (Solère)
Sonata for clarinet and piano (Howells)
Sonata for clarinet and piano in B flat major (Cooke)
Sonata for clarinet and piano, Op 129 (Stanford)
Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (Villa-Lobos)
Trio for piano, clarinet and cello in A minor, Op 114 (Brahms)
Variations in B flat major, WoO15 (Spohr)
Wenn auf dem höchsten Fels ich steh’  First line to Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965 (Schubert)
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