Jazz musician who married Jon Hiseman, the drummer from Colosseum.
She studied clarinet, flute, classical composition, and piano at the Royal College of Music. However, it was exposure to John Coltrane and Duke Ellington that provoked her interest in jazz.
She performed with Colosseum on some of the band's albums and helped found the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, Latin/rock band Barbara Thompson's Jubiaba, and Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia.
She and Jon Hiseman had one son, Marcus, in 1972 and one daughter, future singer/songwriter Ana Gracey, in 1975.
She worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber on several recordings.