- Instrument: Bassoon
Amy Thompson is a Musicians’ Company Lambert 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 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. Amongst others, she has performed with the John Lewis Partnership Music Society, King’s College London Symphony Orchestra, Golden Sinfonia, Academy of St Mary-le-Bow, Sheffield Youth Orchestra, and Westmorland Orchestra.
As a soloist, Amy performed at the 2018 BDRS day in Hampshire, as well as leading ensembles and lessons. Amy has been active in promoting new music, including the world premiere of a work for unaccompanied bassoon at the National Portrait Gallery (composed by Andrew Mulhern). 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. In 2014, she performed Bach’s G minor Harpsichord Concerto as soloist with members of the Berkeley Ensemble.
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.
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 enjoys sharing her passion for music: in October 2015, she ran an orchestral course, aimed at seven to thirteen year olds, for which she arranged and conducted music. This attracted more than twenty players and, at the requests of participants, a second course took place the following year.
Musicians’ Company Award: RCM Lambert Scholarship 2017
Page Updated: May 2018