Pru Whittaker

Real Name:
Prudence Whittaker
Profile:
Pru Whittaker is a clarinetist who began to play the instrument at an early age; passing grade five by age eleven and gaining her ARCM diploma at seventeen. She became principal clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at seventeen, and was one of the founder members of the BBC Training Orchestra when she was eighteen. At twenty, she became principal clarinet of the BBC N.Ireland Orchestra, and a year later took up the same position in the BBC Welsh Orchestra.

When she was twenty-six, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra invited Whittaker to become its Associate-Principal clarinet; and the only woman in the orchestra at that time. A couple of years later, she was promoted to Principal, and remained with the orchestra for the next twenty-three years until leaving in 1998. She now teaches the clarinet at Lancing College and at home.
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VAR 1047 Pru Whittaker - Peter And The Wolf / The Carnival Of The Animals album art The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Owain Arwel Hughes Introduction And Royal March Of The Lion (as Prudence Whittaker) and 1 more… The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Owain Arwel Hughes - Peter And The Wolf / The Carnival Of The Animals (Album) Enigma Records Limited VAR 1047 UK 1977 Sell This Version
AERL 81 Pru Whittaker - Piano Concerto No1 "Mediterranean" / Malta Suite / Andante Religioso album art Charles Camilleri (2), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Angela Brownridge II. Waltz: Tempo Moderato (as Prudence Whittaker) Charles Camilleri (2), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Angela Brownridge - Piano Concerto No1 "Mediterranean" / Malta Suite / Andante Religioso(LP) Aerco AERL 81 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CDRPO 8008 Pru Whittaker - Gershwin Gold - Rhapsody In Blue - The Gershwin Songbook album art Andrew Litton, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Andrew Litton, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Gershwin Gold - Rhapsody In Blue - The Gershwin Songbook(CD, Album) RPO Records (2) CDRPO 8008 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
VDP-1212 Pru Whittaker - Helleborine album art Shelleyan Orphan Shelleyan Orphan - Helleborine (Album) Rough Trade VDP-1212 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
VC 7 90727-2 Pru Whittaker - Enigma Variations • Overture In The South • Serenade For Strings album art Elgar*, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Andrew Litton Variation XIII - *** Romanza (as Prudence Whittaker) Elgar*, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Andrew Litton - Enigma Variations • Overture In The South • Serenade For Strings(CD) Virgin Classics VC 7 90727-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
VC 7 90727-1 Elgar*, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Andrew Litton Variation XIII - *** Romanza (as Prudence Whittaker) Elgar*, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Andrew Litton - Enigma Variations • Overture In The South • Serenade For Strings(LP) Virgin Classics Digital VC 7 90727-1 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
30871, 262 131, CDVMM6 Pru Whittaker - Atlantis album art Eric Serra Eric Serra - Atlantis (Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin 30871, 262 131, CDVMM6 France 1991 Sell This Version
204510-201 Pru Whittaker - James Bond Themes album art The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Carl Davis (5) The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Carl Davis (5) - James Bond Themes (Album) RPO Records (2) 204510-201 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
204463 Pru Whittaker - Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, K. 364, Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, K. App. 9 (297B) album art The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Carney, Mozart* Sinfonia Concertante In E Flat, K. App. 9 (297b) For Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon And Orchestra The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Carney, Mozart* - Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, K. 364, Sinfonia Concertante in E Flat, K. App. 9 (297B)(CD, Album) RPO Records (2) 204463 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
2607004-1 Pru Whittaker - Plays Hits Of Pink Floyd album art The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Hits Of Pink Floyd (Album, Comp) Edelton 2607004-1 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
5243-2 Pru Whittaker - The Royal Philharmonic Collection - Verdi, Giordano, Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo album art Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* - The Royal Philharmonic Collection - Verdi, Giordano, Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo (Comp) Tring International PLC 5243-2 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
TRP100 Pru Whittaker - Cinema Classics album art Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Carl Davis (5) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Carl Davis (5) - Cinema Classics(CD) Tring International PLC TRP100 UK 1997 Sell This Version
TRP098 Pru Whittaker - Romeo And Juliet (Excerpts) album art Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Yuri Simonov, Prokofiev* Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Yuri Simonov, Prokofiev* - Romeo And Juliet (Excerpts)(CD, Comp) Tring International PLC TRP098 UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
2885 Pru Whittaker - Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 • Piano Concerto No. 5 In E-Flat, Op. 73, "Emperor" album art Beethoven* / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Beethoven* / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* - Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 • Piano Concerto No. 5 In E-Flat, Op. 73, "Emperor"(CD, Album) Intersound 2885 US 1999 Sell This Version
204483-201 Pru Whittaker - Symphony No. 3 Opus 36 'Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs' / Three Pieces In Old Style album art Górecki* - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Simonov, Susan Gritton Górecki* - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Simonov, Susan Gritton - Symphony No. 3 Opus 36 'Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs' / Three Pieces In Old Style (Album) RPO Records (2) 204483-201 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
204482-201 Pru Whittaker - The Christmas Album: A Collection Of Contemporary And Traditional Christmas Music album art The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaughan Meakins, Chamber Choir of the Arts Educational School*, The Ambrosian Singers The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaughan Meakins, Chamber Choir of the Arts Educational School*, The Ambrosian Singers - The Christmas Album: A Collection Of Contemporary And Traditional Christmas Music(CD, Album) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Audiophile Collection 204482-201 Israel 2000 Sell This Version
221007-205 Pru Whittaker - Symphony No. 2 In D Major / Karelia Suite / Finlandia album art Sibelius* / The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras Sibelius* / The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras - Symphony No. 2 In D Major / Karelia Suite / Finlandia (Album) Allegria 221007-205 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
15095-3857 Pru Whittaker - The Greatest Hits album art Mozart* Mozart* - The Greatest Hits(Box, Comp + 10xCD) Intersound 15095-3857 US 2003 Sell This Version
978-84-9899-322-6 Pru Whittaker - Grandes Compositores De La Música Clásica - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart album art Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Grandes Compositores De La Música Clásica - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(5xBox, Album, Comp, Dig) Editorial Sol 90 978-84-9899-322-6 Chile 2009 Sell This Version
TRP006 Pru Whittaker - The Nutcracker Suite & Swan Lake Suite album art Tchaikovsky* - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Yuri Simonov Tchaikovsky* - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted By Yuri Simonov - The Nutcracker Suite & Swan Lake Suite(CD) Tring TRP006 UK Unknown Sell This Version
TRP001 Pru Whittaker - Symphony No.6 In F Major, Opus 68 'Pastoral' / Overture: Egmont Opus 84 album art Beethoven* - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Mark Ermler Beethoven* - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Mark Ermler - Symphony No.6 In F Major, Opus 68 'Pastoral' / Overture: Egmont Opus 84(CD) Tring, Tring International PLC TRP001 UK Unknown Sell This Version