King, (Dame) Thea

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King, (Dame) Thea (b Hitchin, 1925). Eng. clarinettist. Played in SW orch. 1950–2, Portia Wind Ens. 1955–68. Prin. cl. London Mozart Players 1956–64, ECO from 1964. Member of Melos Ens. from 1974. On staff RCM 1961–87, GSMD from 1987. Specialist in 20th-cent. Brit. mus., but has also revived 18th- and 19th-cent. works for cl., e.g. those by Crusell. OBE 1985. DBE 2001.