Thursday 11 March 2021
1pm - 2.45pm

Phil Thornalley

Phil’s talk will display the very definition of a portfolio career with tales of his working experiences, and lessons in versatility!


Songwriter, producer, studio and touring musician Phil has had an incredibly varied and hugely successful career.

How many other members of uber Indie band The Cure have gone on to have global hit singles with pop artists like Natalie Imbruglia, whilst keeping an eye on the rock mainstream with Bryan Adams?

He is probably best known for co-writing and producing the international smash Torn for Natalie Imbruglia, but his early career involved playing bass for The Cure and producing their records (Love Cats, and Pornography).

He also mixed and produced hit records for Prefab Sprout (When Love Breaks Down) , Duran Duran, The Waterboys, Sting (Spread A Little Happiness) and Ash (Girl From Mars).

In recent years, Phil co-wrote and produced two number one singles on both the sales and airplay charts – Pixie Lott’s Mama Do and Boys & Girls. Her third single Cry Me Out (again co-written and produced by Phil) was also a number one airplay record and Mama Do was nominated for Best British Single at the 2010 Brit Awards.

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