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Meet the new Thumb players

New biographies online for the newest Thumb players. Find out more about them by clicking on the following links:

Ruth Woolley
Akvilė Šmotavičiūtė
Zhivko Georgiev

You can also find out about what Benjamin Graves has been doing before he rejoined Thumb, and there is also a brand new page for Jenni Hogan.

Happy reading!


Tomorrow (June 22nd) BCMG will perform Heiner Goebbels’ Walden at MAC Birmingham. An exciting concert in it’s own right of course, but it is particularly exciting for Thumb fans as ex-bassist Sebastiano Dessanay will be playing with BCMG during the concert. Many best wishes to Seb – further details on the BCMG website.

Songbook Part 1

Thumb performed the Songbook Book Project 2012 (Birmingham leg) on Monday, working with Mary Wiegold and Conservatoire singers once again. Don’t miss the second performance in The Forge, Camden on October 10th.

Songbook 2012

Details of the Birmingham Songbook 2012 concert are now online. Click here for details.

We will also be performing the project in The Forge, Camden, on October 10th.

Sounds New, Farewell and Welcome

Our debut at Sounds New Festival last month was a great success where we played three past pieces: Stephen Willey, Treehouse; Sebastiano Dessanay, Keep Your Feet Up While I Speak, and Andy Ingamells, Terry’s Missus: I want a divorce. We also introduced Ed Bennett, My Broken Machines to our repertoire and a video of our performance are available on our YouTube channel.

We also say farewell to Vicky Strudwick and Sam Hawksley who are moving on. Both have performed exciting concerts with us in recent years and we wish them well for the future. In place we welcome Ruth Woolley (viola) and we welcome back Ben Graves (clarinet), who has been involved in Thumb since it’s inaugural concert in some form or other. In addition, Akvilė Šmotavičiūtė is joining us at the piano as a brand new member. We’re all very much looking forward to working with the three of them in the coming season.

Many best wishes and thanks to Sam and Vicky.

Sounds New Festival

We will be performing at Sounds New Festival on May 14th, and our programme will feature some of our favourite performance pieces since our formation nearly three years ago.

Sebastiano Dessanay, Keep your feet up (while I speak)
Andy Ingamells, Terry’s Missus: I want a divorce
Ed Bennett, My Broken Machines
Stephen Willey, Treehouse


A heartfelt congratulations to Tom Martin, one of the founder members of Thumb, has become a dad! Marion Martin gave birth to Florence on March 26th 2012, 5:53pm at 6 lbs and 5 1/2 ounces. The first Thumb baby!

THUMB: LIVE (2010/2011)

You can download our live album for free from here.

Includes works by Rob Peate, Ed Bennett, Tom Bassett and Stephen Willey.

Mobile Art Gallery feat. Andy Ingamells @ Ort Cafe

This is worth going to, TONIGHT. Find out more here:



Welcome to the new website

So here it is, a brand new home for Thumb. Please have a browse around and if you would like to get in touch, do so here.