Described by BBC Radio 3 as ‘the queen of the recorder’, Pamela Thorby is unique amongst recorder players in the breadth and variety of her work. Thorby’s ability to assimilate many styles of music and her love of improvisation have led to work with leading jazz, folk and pop artists and her stylish virtuosity can be heard on many film soundtracks and numerous recordings of music ranging from the Medieval period to the present day. Thorby was the driving force behind the Palladian Ensemble with whom she recorded ten acclaimed albums for Linn.
She has toured internationally as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal, most recently with the Dunedin Consort, English Concert, Theatre of the Ayre, Concerto Caledonia and Brecon Baroque.
Recent recordings include J S Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with John Butt’s Dunedin Consort, (Medieval English carols) with Alamire, Purcell’s Revenge with Concerto Caledonia (bringing together improvisers and songwriters from diverse musical backgrounds under the direction of David McGuinness) and an appearance as soloist with virtuoso bassoonist Peter Whelan on La Serenissima’s recording of Vivaldi Concertos entitled Gods, Emperors and Angels.
Through her teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Thorby has been at the forefront of raising standards and expectations for the recorder in the UK over the last twenty years. She is Professor of Recorder at the Royal Academy of Music, London.