- Instrument: Bassoon
Amy Thompson is a Musician’s Company Scholar at the Royal College of Music, studying with Sarah Burnett and Martin Gatt. She had lessons with Rebekah Abramski and Alan Pendlebury whilst at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, as well as Catherine Scott in Cumbria. Amy was Principal Bassoonist and Pianist in the Westmorland Youth Orchestra (2013-2017). As soloist, she directed rehearsals of Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in A minor, RV 497, and received the Probus Shield for dedication to the orchestra. She has performed with the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra, the Westmorland Orchestra (conducted by Richard Howarth) and the Cumbria Festival Chorus (directed by Ian Jones). In December 2017, Amy gave a world premiere of a work for unaccompanied bassoon by Andrew Mulhern at the National Portrait Gallery.
In 2016, Amy was an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, working with Anna Meredith to compose and perform music for the opening of Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond. As an accompanist, Amy has performed with Leon Bosch at the International Anthony Burgess Institute, Manchester, a concert organised by Classical Evolution, with whom she has collaborated both as a performer and an administrator.
Amy has taken part in masterclasses with Giorgio Mandolesi, Bram van Sambeek, Peter Cropper, Heather Bird, and Alicja Fiderkiewicz, and composed pre-concert music for Manchester Camerata’s concert with Tine Thing Helseth. In 2014, she performed Bach’s G minor Harpsichord Concerto as soloist with members of the Berkeley Ensemble.
Amy enjoys sharing her passion for music: in October 2015, she ran an orchestral music course, aimed at seven to thirteen year olds, for which she arranged and conducted all of the music. This attracted over twenty players and, at the requests of participants, a second course took place the following year. As a keen orchestral bassoonist, Amy took part in NYO’s Inspire Ensemble in February 2017, and was invited back to participate in the NYO Inspire Orchestra tour later that year. She has also performed with Sheffield Youth Orchestra on contrabassoon.