This is the web home for leading British classical and jazz composer and saxophonist Barbara Thompson MBE. This site has been created to enable you to download scores and parts to Barbara’s music – free! To get started, click to see the works that have been made available so far.

Barbara Thompson’s music career started as a teenager at the Royal College of Music in London in the 1960s, where she studied clarinet, piano, flute and composition.

Taken to a Duke Ellington concert, she became entranced by the saxophone and after meeting her future husband, drummer Jon Hiseman, in 1964, she rapidly became involved in the Jazz scene, absorbing the talents of the Miles Davis group, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane et al.

As she started performing in Jazz clubs, she felt compelled to compose her own pieces – despite opposition from local Jazz musicians, who were often more comfortable playing ‘standards’…Read more >>


Barbara has created the music; now she wants to see it used – for fun, for study, for performance, in concert halls, education establishments – even pubs!

Barbara asks that you register before you download and that you keep us informed of any activities involving her music – and who knows, she might even turn up for a listen!

“…this music never seems only to appeal to the intellect but is always sincere and aims at the heart…”

Manuel Weber, Lübecker Nachrichten

Barbara Thompson has set a standard that only she can live up to.

Dave Gelly


Barbara Thompson’s autobiography is due for release in 2020 along with a CD Box Set of her BBC transmissions AND an album of her compositions recorded by Paraphernalia featuring NYJO.

Check back soon for more info.