2017 Performer Profiles: Suzie Thorn

No.6 – Suzie Thorn

Associate Artistic Director Jamie Campbell introduces some of the outstanding performers taking part in the 2017 Southwell Music Festival.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming oboist Suzie Thorn to Southwell Music Festival for the first time.

1) Who are you, where are you based, and what work do you do?

Hello, I’m Suzie Thorn – I play the Oboe and Cor Anglais.

I was born in Birmingham but we moved to Essex when I was just a few months old. I studied at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I have played with many of the major Symphony and Opera orchestras in the UK and have really enjoyed exploring the very varied “popular music” repertoire with the John Wilson Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Most of my time is now taken up playing principal oboe with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in Dublin.

Chamber music has always been a major part of my life and I do try to meet up with my sisters, Becky and Tammy, to play wind trios (we perform as ‘The Rose Trio’) whenever we can.

2) What music are you most looking forward to performing in Southwell this year?

Although I’ve really enjoyed playing, performing and recording many of Poulenc’s chamber works I have never played the ‘Le Bal Masqué’ (for Baritone and chamber ensemble). Poulenc is one of my favourite composers so this will be a highlight.

3) What other things have you got coming up that are interesting in the next few months?

I have a busy schedule of concerts and recordings with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra – the music is always incredibly varied. Although most of the concerts are in Dublin we do occasionally travel to other venues around Ireland. Later this year though we are off to China! We will be giving concerts in Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang and Beijing.”