New RAM post for Pamela Thorby

The Royal Academy of Music has announced the appointment of Pamela Thorby as professor of recorder in the Academy‘s thriving Historical Performance Department. 

Pamela Thorby joins an illustrious teaching roster which includes Margaret Faultless (Head of Historical Performance), Rachel Podger (Micaela Comberti Chair of Baroque Violin) and Laurence Cummings (William Crotch Professor of Historical Performance). 

Margaret Faultless said: ‘I am very pleased to welcome Pamela to our Historical Performance staff. Her experience in such a wide range of musical genres, and unwavering commitment to the very highest standards of  playing, are a perfect match for our approach to performance training at the Academy. She will attract students from across the whole Academy with her imaginative and versatile approach to projects and performances.‘

Recently described on BBC Radio 3 as ‘the queen of the recorder', Pamela Thorby has an international reputation as the UK's most stylish and creative recorder virtuoso. Her ability to assimilate many genres of music and her love of improvisation has led to collaborations with leading jazz, folk and pop musicians in an influential career in which she has toured internationally as concerto soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. Her numerous recordings range from the medieval period to present day and include her own compositions, movie soundtracks, ten chamber music albums with the much admired Palladian Ensemble and a series of highly praised solo recordings for Linn, including Handel Recorder Sonatas with Richard Egarr; ‘set to become a benchmark' (The Independent).