After a busy time shortlisting and holding live auditions for Cello, Viola and 1st and 2nd Violin positions over the summer months, the BSO welcomed a number of new faces that eagerly started their trials this season.
The BSO is also pleased to welcome Tammy Thorn, former Britten-Pears Orchestra Principal Bassoon, to her new position as BSO Principal Bassoon. Tammy was drawn to music from an early age and has been making music since the age of five together with her older brother and sisters.
Tammy started her bassoon studies at the Trinity College of Music Junior Department with Susan Eversden and subsequently studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Nicholas Hunka. She was also Principal Bassoon with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Winning the John Lill Award in the Essex Young Musician Competition and the Essex Rotary Club Young Musician Award in 2008, Tammy was also awarded a Foundation Scholarship by the Royal College of Music in the same year. Tammy represented the College at concerts throughout the UK and in Europe.
Whilst studying in London she formed the Rose Trio with her sisters Becky and Suzy and together they started to explore the mixed reed repertoire, winning the Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize in 2010 and making their debut at the Wigmore Hall in June 2011.
Tammy has performed with most of the major orchestras in the UK and Ireland. She said of her appointment with the BSO: “After being on trial with the Orchestra for almost two years, it was a huge relief to be offered the position! I already felt very much at home so being able to relax into the job was a lovely feeling!”
Why did you decide to become a musician?
I come from a very musical family and rather than actually deciding to be a musician, I ended up following all of my siblings through youth orchestras and music college and becoming one without really noticing!
What’s the best thing about being a musician?
I’ve loved being able to travel and see new places, and I’ve always known I wouldn’t cope with a routine or ‘normal’ job! Every day is different.
What’s the one performance from your career that sticks in your mind?
Performing The Rite of Spring in the BBC Proms with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra in 2012. We’d spent the best part of a month living and rehearsing in Aldeburgh, with concerts in the UK, Amsterdam and Germany. The BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall was the last thing that the Orchestra did together and although it was a pretty stressful concert for me, it has to be one of the best.
What work do you enjoy playing above all else and why?
I love playing pretty much anything by Stravinsky! The Rite of Spring has to be my favourite (mainly because it’s the only occasion a bassoonist enjoys a bit of glory!).
What are your interests outside of music?
Outside of music, my other great love is horses. I share a fabulous horse called Donald, compete regularly in Dressage and showing, and I have recently started learning to play Polo!