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Pamela Thorby

Pamela Thorby

Always stylish in whichever repertoire she chooses, Pamela's wide appeal stems from an innate love of communicating through her playing, a natural, dynamic stage presence and a sophisticated and intelligent use of her virtuosic skills.



Telemann: Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias
Telemann: Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias
Pamela Thorby completes her discography of eighteenth century favourites with Telemann. 

CKD 476

Fasch: Quartets and Concertos
Fasch: Quartets and Concertos
Fasch's finest chamber music is full of catchy tunes and contrapuntal ingenuity in equal measure. 

CKD 467  

J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
The award-winning Dunedin Consort's first instrumental release. 

CKD 430  

The Nightingale and the Butterfly
The Nightingale and the Butterfly
Pamela Thorby teams up with renowned lutenist Elizabeth Kenny for her fourth solo album on Linn. 

CKD 341  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The fourth volume in Linn's popular sampler series. A mouth-watering selection of 2008-09 tracks. 

AKP 357  

Garden of Early Delights
Garden of Early Delights
A delightfully vibrant selection of pieces from the renaissance and early baroque periods 

BKD 291  

Bach Sonatas and Chorales
Bach Sonatas and Chorales
The charismatic Palladians return with their tenth album for Linn Records. 

CKD 275  

Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
A superb collection of tracks from Linn's Super Audio CD catalogue. 

AKP 245  

Handel Recorder Sonatas
Handel Recorder Sonatas
A second solo album and a second Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' award. Widely acclaimed as a benchmark 

CKD 223  

Baroque Recorder Concertos
Baroque Recorder Concertos
The dazzling debut from virtuoso recorder player Pamela Thorby - a Gramophone 'Editor's Choice'. 

CKD 217  

Les Elemens: Marais and Rebel
Les Elemens: Marais and Rebel
A powerful performance of French baroque by Rebel and Marais from the popular Palladians. 

CKD 221  

The New Irish Girl and other folk songs and ballads to the lute
The New Irish Girl and other folk songs and ballads to the lute
A selection of famous and lesser known folk songs, joyfully performed by Clara Sanabras and friends. 

CKD 164  

New Folk Songs
New Folk Songs
Leading UK jazz musicians with unique, colourful compositions and musical interaction. 

AKD 165  

Held By The Ears
Held By The Ears
A highly enjoyable collection of works by Matteis complemented by some traditional gems. 

CKD 126  

The Sun King's Paradise
The Sun King's Paradise
A brilliant Diapson d'Or award-winning album exploring music by Couperin, Marais and Rebel. 

CKD 100  

Les Saisons Amusantes
Les Saisons Amusantes
A Diapason d'Or award-winning recording of Vivaldi's famous Four Seasons (with a twist). 

CKD 070  

Trios For 4
Trios For 4
Enjoy works by Handel, Telemann, Leclair and Quantz in this lovely and well-executed disc. 

CKD 050  

A Choice Collection: Music Of Purcell's London
A Choice Collection: Music Of Purcell's London
Exploring the pieces popular on the London music scene during the time of Purcell. 

CKD 041  

Bach Trio Sonatas
Bach Trio Sonatas
A joyful celebration of Bach's finest Trio Sonatas played to perfection by Palladians. 

CKD 036  

The Winged Lion
The Winged Lion
There is such variety in this sparkling programme that the listener is entranced throughout. 

CKD 015  

An Excess Of Pleasure
An Excess Of Pleasure
The Palladians debut which established them as one of the finest period ensembles around. 

CKD 010  

Pamela Thorby

Pamela Thorby is unique among recorder players in the breadth and variety of her work and is widely regarded as the UK’s most stylish and creative recorder virtuoso. Through her playing and teaching, she has been at the forefront of raising standards and expectations for the instrument in the UK over the last 20 years. Her ability to assimilate many styles of music and her love of improvisation has 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. She has toured internationally as concerto soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal and appears on over 100 recordings in those roles.

Thorby was the driving force behind the much-admired Palladian Ensemble. They toured worldwide, performing more than 1000 concerts over 16 years and making for Linn ten acclaimed albums that garnered seven prestigious Diapason d’Or Awards. Thorby has also made numerous solo recordings on Linn: Baroque recorder concertos with Sonnerie, led by Monica Huggett (Gramophone Critic’s Choice), Handel recorder sonatas with Richard Egarr (BBC Music Magazine Chamber Music Disc of the Month and Gramophone Critic’s Choice), Garden of Early Delights with the harpist Andrew Lawrence-King (‘This is Paradise indeed’: Gramophone) and French Baroque works, The Nightingale and the Butterfly, with the lutenist Elizabeth Kenny.

As a student, Thorby was awarded the Dove Prize for the highest mark on graduation from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After postgraduate studies she was awarded a Dutch Government Scholarship to spend a further year studying with Walter van Hauwe at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. Shortly after this, she became principal teacher of recorder at the GSMD. Thorby is now Professor of Recorder at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she leads the recorder teaching and was recently made an Honorary Associate. She also teaches recorder at the University of York.


For further information - www.pamelathorby.com
Pamela Thorby is named Hon ARAM
13 August 2015
The Academy's latest Honours list includes Pamela Thorby
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Chamber 'Choice' Accolade For Ensemble Marsyas
01 October 2014
Five Star Fasch
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New RAM post for Pamela Thorby
14 May 2013
Royal Academy of Music appoints Pamela as Professor of Recorder
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Tune in to Sky Arts on the 8th September...
07 September 2010
...catch Pamela teaching Janet Street-Porter the art of the recorder
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Pamela Thorby to open CD Review...
27 August 2010
Andrew McGregor to play tracks from 'The Nightingale and the Butterfly'
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Pamela Thorby to appear in SkyArts' new series
17 August 2010
Janet Street-Porter renews her musical 'First Love'...
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Find out more about Pamela's recordings...
27 November 2009
Bernard Gordillo's podcast explores the solo albums
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
'The musicians respond to Lawes's complex and variegated emotions with playing by turns buoyant and vigorous, graceful and serene. They delight, too, in his quirky wit.'
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Early Music Today
5 Stars
'Bassoonist Peter Whelan is outstanding, although the whole group plays with uncanny rapport, turning Fasch's smart blends of instrumental timbres, baroque and galant styles, elegant Largos and frisky, virtuosic Allegros, into a stream of unalloyed listening pleasure.'
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Fanfare
'In short, a delightful album.'
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The Guardian
'...the real star is Peter Whelan's bassoon, burbling through its vast range with dancing precision, underpinning the quartets and shining in a C major concerto...'
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'delightful wind chamber music'
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Irish Times
5 Stars
'...you can expect to be delighted by the distinctive colours as well as the often gutsy brio of the playing.'
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The Consort
"...lovers of French baroque music will find plenty of rich fare on this CD."
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International Record Review
"...Thorby plays with her customary vigour and agility, with generous and judiciously applied ornamentation."
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theartsdesk.com
"This is a superb issue, stunningly produced and recorded."
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Scotland on Sunday
4 Stars
"...well worth hearing."
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BBC Music Magazine
4½ Stars
"...a disc full of delights and surprises."
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Gramophone
"...elegantly conversational...consistently bright"
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Classical Music Magazine
4 Stars
"delicious...first-rate"
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Sound and Music
"Questa opportunità viene colta alla perfezione dale due soliste inglesi..."
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Klassik.com
"...Pamela Thorby spielt beweglich, technisch ohne Anstrengung und makellos..."
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Early Music Review
"...charming pieces."
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The Herald
"It is music of wit, endless charm, poignant and tender expressiveness...A gentle, thoughtful experience."
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"Thorby caresses and shapes the gracious recorder melodies, taking them with incredible velocity when the occasion demands."
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
"...I have no qualms recommending this strongly to anyone who remotely cares about classical music of any kind."
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AudioVideoHD
5 Stars
"Un álbum delicioso, relajante y perfectamente interpretado."
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MusicWeb International
"Everything here is utterly inconsequential and totally charming."
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Independent on Sunday
"Pamela Thorby's soft, sweet, natural tone is ideally suited to the whimsical delicacies of d'Hervelois, Philidor and Dieupart."
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Classic FM (South Africa)
4 Stars
"...just relax and be transported to another world."
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Adiemus Fan Magazine
"...it is rare to find an album that has been made by such a genuine and sincere attitude..."
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American Recorder Magazine
"...lighthearted and engaging."
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The Consort
"I highly commend this recording."
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StereoMojo
"...this is one recording that is recommended to try."
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Klassik.com
4 Stars
"...stellen ein feines und zugleich frisches Programm in einer eigenständigen Perspektive vor."
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Fanfare
'Thorby is a thoroughly accomplished player...'
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Toccata
"...seine wahre Pracht ist."
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Atlanta Audio Society
"It's as delightful a way to spend an hour's listening as I know of."
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MusicWeb-International
"This is a fascinating and most enjoyable recital of music..."
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Opus Musica
"Este trabajo es un placer para los sentidos."
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Hi-Fi & Musik
'Hör du till dem som trodde att blockflöjt var enkelt att spela...'
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Hi-Fi Choice
5 Stars
An outstanding review for 'Garden of Early Delights'
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Crescendo
4 Stars
"L’ensemble du programme baigne dans une séduction certaine faite de maîtrise technique..."
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Gramophone
"This is Paradise indeed."
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Home Theatre Hi-Fi
5 Stars
"...Thorby and Lawrence-King approach their virtuosic repertoire with consummate ease and joyful hearts."
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Scotland on Sunday
4 Stars
"...there's no denying the quality of performance and works themselves."
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
"Thorby's playing exhibits a vitality, exuberance and earthiness..."
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Early Music Review
"These are sparkling and fresh performances..."
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Ultra Audio
"These works are played perfectly by Thorby and Andrew Lawrence-King..."
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Classic FM Magazine
3 Stars
"...pleasant and original...sensitively accompanied."
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High Fidelity
4½ Stars
A fantastic review from the Polish audiophile publication
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The Irish Times
4 Stars
"...sheer joie-de-vivre..."
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Classical Source
"Harp and recorder is an irresistible combination"
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Bay Area Reporter
"...a delight."
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International Record Review
"...a very captivating collection...her execution is flawless..."
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Politiken (translated)
4 Stars
"Go in, close your eyes and let your ears open out: It is refreshingly chirpy, and it is good to listen to at all hours."
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Politiken
4 Stars
"Det er vederkvægende kvidren - og der er nok af det til både tidlig og silde!"
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The Telegraph
"No connoisseur of recorder-playing or Renaissance instrumental virtuosity will want to be without this delightful anthology."
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Diario de Sevilla
"...las más espectaculares disminuciones se combinan con las dulces melodías."
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Manchester Evening News
4 Stars
"The recorder playing is virtuosic in the extreme..."
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
"Freshness and spontaneity light up every moment."
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Financial Times
5 Stars
"...this is music to warm the heart and delight the senses."
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"...she navigates the speediest complex ornamentation with aplomb."
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Gramophone Magazine - Awards Issue
An enchanting collection
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Daily Telegraph
a thoroughly delectable disc
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Thorby's tone is silvery, alert and superbly recorded
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Early Music Review
I can recommend this highly.
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
A delightful disc.
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Dr Peter Graeme Wolf
...A real winner.
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Gramophone
It is some time since a recording of baroque ensemble music has given me so much pleasure and I strongly recommend you to share it...
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International Record Review
distinctive and individual readings
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Independent on Sunday
There's little to fault on this beautifully played disc, and much to be relished.
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The Scotsman
A deliciously variable spread of music ...
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Independent on Sunday
4 Stars
[a] wonderful artist at her very best
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The Consort
She succeeds with flying colours.
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Early Music Today
It's the sheer exuberence of her playing that makes the new CD Baroque Recorder Concertos such a delight.
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The Independent
set to become a benchmark
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The Observer
a partnership made in heaven
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The Herald
A 'sparkling disc' from Pamela Thorby
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Music Week
the highest level of artistry
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Inverness Courier
exciting spontaneity
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Atlanta Audio Society
euphonious, detailed and beautifully decorated performances
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
...a fine program...
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19 August 2015 to 19 August 2015
Scotland
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Festival
with Iestyn Davies and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 

02 September 2015 to 02 September 2015
Europe
Utrecht Early Music Festival, The Netherlands, Utrecht
with the Dunedin Consort

02 October 2015 to 02 October 2015
Scotland
TBC, Glasgow
with Dunedin Consort and broadcast on BBC Radio 3