Role: Guest conductor
After selection by Sir Charles Mackerras as the first Junior Fellow in Conducting at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2006-08) Tom has developed a rich and musically diverse career that encompasses working with top-flight professionals, youth orchestras and non-professional musicians leading education projects, producing recordings, and directing a major new festival.
Winning awards and critical acclaim en route, Tom has built a reputation for developing ensembles musically whilst engaging in thoughtful programming, championing living composers, developing relationships with outstanding soloist, and establishing outreach programmes.
This season Tom makes his debut conducting the Orchestra of the Swan, with projects to include accompanying world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis, and developing a new concert programme specially for families.
Tom has given numerous world and British premières including music by James Francis Brown, Bernard Hughes, Elena Firsova, Carl Nielsen and Matthew Taylor. Prominent soloists with whom Tom has recently performed include pianist Stephen Hough, violinist Ray Chen, clarinettist Emma Johnson, flautist Daniel Pailthorpe, cellist Matthew Sharp and trumpeter Matilda Lloyd.
Tom is currently Music Director of the Essex, Hertford and St Albans Symphony Orchestras and the award-winning Yorkshire Young Sinfonia. He also holds positions with the Palestine Youth Orchestra and Ingenium Academy International Summer School and regularly guest conducts with many groups including the Britten Sinfonia Academy and Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 Tom was appointed Conductor Emeritus of London's Sinfonia Tamesa, of whom he was Music Director between 2007 and 2017.
In 2011 Tom was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his achievements in conducting, he was a prize winner at the 2009 Leeds Conductors Competition and in 2010 was Principal Conductor at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and Assistant Conductor at British Youth Opera.
Tom is founding Artistic Director of The Hertfordshire Festival of Music, and produces recordings for Chiaro Audio.