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Fine Art studies 2016

Pamela has decided to finally take time away from performing to pursue a long held interest in art. She is currently studying Fine Art at Foundation level in York.

Her Royal Academy of Music students are enjoying a fresh visual perspective in their lessons!

 


 

BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016

Pamela was invited to be an adjudicator for the Wind final of BBC Young Musician of the Year which aired on the BBC 4 television channel. 

 

 


Telemann Recorder Sonatas and Fantasias

Released on Linn Records

Buy now from LINN Records (download or double CD formats: 

http://www.linnrecords.com/recording-telemann-recorder-sonatas-and-fantasias.aspx

or search on Amazon.co.uk for a fantastic offer on the CDs of 12.99 including P&P! 

A review from the Guardian newspaper describes Pamela as "one of today's most boldly stylish and charismatic recorder players....her solo Fantasias are breathtaking: intimate, exploratory, captivating for the virtuosic way she spins several lines of counterpoint at once". 



Teaching News

In 2013 Pamela was appointed Professor of Recorder at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Read more about Pamela and the RAM recorder department here:

http://www.ram.ac.uk/about-us/staff/pamela-thorby

In 2015 Pamela was awarded an Hon ARAM by the Royal Academy of Music.

The recorder students now enjoy collaborations with the Composition department, two annual recorder prizes, a major scholarship programme, many visiting specialist teachers and opportunities to appear on BBC Radio and in concert across the year.

Th students have a regular programme of lessons with Pamela and her colleague Anna Stegmann. They work in close collaboration to provide the best individual teaching experience for each student.

Pamela has previously given masterclasses and workshops at the Royal College of Music, London, Trinity College of Music, London, Genoa International Recorder Week in Italy, in Cordes, France, at the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research at Birmingham University, Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London,  Wells Cathedral School, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Wales, Cork School of Music in Ireland. Loule in the Algarve and at Jackdaws near Frome, Somerset.

Before being invited to lead the recorder teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, Pamela previously headed the recorder teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for many years.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Royal Academy of Music

Pamela has been made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (Hon ARAM) in their 2015 honours list. Read more about RAM honours here:  

https://www.ram.ac.uk/about-us/news/2015-academy-honours-celebrate-success


On television: Pamela mentors Janet Street Porter!

Pamela v Janet

Pamela has been 'mentoring' Janet Street Porter for a series on Sky Arts television in which five celebrities take up the challenge of being coached on their 'first love' and performing in a London venue. Janet's programme will be shown as the last in the series in a few weeks time. 

" I read in the Daily Mail newspaper today that Janet had me in tears and that I aged 20 years in the process of making this documentary. I don't remember any tears - maybe tears of laughter?!"


On my travels 2009

Pamela has just come back from Portugal playing with lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and viola da gamba player Susanne Heinrich in the Loule Festival where Pamela also gave a masterclass. The trio also performed their 'Grand Tourists' programme in the Yoxford Festival at the end of August. Pamela played a duo recital with Elizabeth Kenny near Beverley for the Recorder Summer School in August. They have reco rded a new CD of French Baroque repertoire entitled 'The Nightingale and the Butterfly' for LINN Records to be released in 2010.  In October played Vivaldi sopranino concertos and the A minor recorder and bassoon sonata with Peter Whelan, bassoon and  La Serenissima directed by Adrian Chandler in Malta at the Manuoel Theatre in Valletta and was kept busy over the summer with a number of concerto and chamber appearances with La Serenissima,  Fiori Musicali and the Engish Concert ( including Wigmore Hall, Victoria and Albert Museum, Dartington Hall etc). Earlier in the year Pamela had the honour of giving a  live BBC lunchtime recital EBU broadcast of Handel Sonatas from Handel House in London with Andrew Lawrence King, harp and Gary Cooper, harpsichord. Pamela also gave recitals in Ireland for the East Cork Early Music with harpist Andrew Lawrence-King and a solo recital at the Glucksmann Art Gallery.

 


New collaborations - the 'Grand Tourists' takes shape

The Grand Tourists continue their musical travels:

Pamela’s  collaboration with jazz pianist Huw Warren continues to develop. In February this year Pamela, Huw and the extraordinary improvising bassist Peter Herbert gave a genre-hopping concert together in the Walthamstow Festival with guest vocalist and harmonium player Olivia Chaney.

Pamela gave a concert in Saltaire near Leeds in May with David McGuinness, harpsichord, Rachel Podger, violin and Olivia Chaney, harmonium and voice.

Huw will be joining Pamela along with Olivia Chaney, violinist Rachel Podger and percussionist Chris Wells for the launch of 'Ammonite' at the Greenwich Early Music Festival, London on November 13th with a programme of Pamela's own compositions and music new and old.

 

 


New departures

Since her decision to leave the Palladian Ensemble in Spring 2007, Pamela has been taking a break from foreign touring, enjoying time with her young family and planning new musical projects.

 


Recordings

Re-release of Palladian Ensemble CD’s. Go to discography.