Thorpe, Tim

Born in 1983, Tim first heard the French horn played live at a concert at his primary school. From that moment his ambition was to become a professional musician. He is now gaining a reputation as one of the most accomplished horn players of his generation.

He attended Watford Grammar School for Boys and later moved to The Purcell School. On leaving The Purcell School in 2002 he won a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In 2004 he joined the Philharmonia Orchestra as third horn and just over a year later he was appointed Principal Horn of The BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Before becoming a professional musician Tim gained extensive orchestral experience as Principal Horn with several amateur and youth orchestras including The National Youth Orchestra and The European Union Youth Orchestra. In his final year at school, Hertfordshire County Youth Music commissioned Summernights, a composition by Martin Ellerby for French Horn and Concert Band which he premiered with the Hertfordshire County Youth Wind Orchestra.

In 2002 Tim was the UK finalist in the Paxman International horn competition and in 2004 he won the Royal Over-seas League award for Wind and Percussion and the Philip Jones Memorial Prize for an outstanding brass player.

As an orchestral player he has played Principal Horn with all the major London orchestras and with other UK orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia. He also enjoys chamber music and has performed with many ensembles including The London Sinfonietta, The Nash Ensemble, Fine Arts Brass and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has given many solo performances including a number of concertos and solo pieces with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales which have been broadcast on Radio and television. His performances have received many favourable comments in media reviews. Besides playing in most of the major concert venues in the UK, he has played at Buckingham Palace, The Mansion House and Windsor Castle (for the marriage of The Prince of Wales to The Duchess of Cornwall).

Tim has played in many countries throughout Europe and also across the wider world including the USA, South America, New Zealand, India and China.

He is featured as solo horn on several CD’s including Karl Jenkins' Requiem and Fine Arts Brass CD of Malcolm Arnold’s Complete Brass Chamber Music. His own CD Midsummer includes a collection of music arranged for the horn ranging from Bach and Purcell to Morricone and Bernstein. He also premiered a new horn concerto by Christopher Ball which was later released on CD.

Tim is actively involved in coaching and masterclasses for aspiring French Horn players both in the UK and abroad. He teaches regularly at the Royal Welsh College of Music &Drama.