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Tom is a freelance choral director, singer and lecturer on music. In addition to his work with Nailsea, he is the founder and director of The Erebus Ensemble, Assistant Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Artistic Director of The Clifton International Festival of Music. 

 

Tom read Music at the University of Bristol and continued to postgraduate level focussing on the performance practice of Early Music, in particular researching the works of Franco- Flemish Renaissance composer, Nicolas Gombert. He continues to be in much demand as both a singer and conductor, and has gained particular repute for his interpretations of the music of the Renaissance period. Tom hs recently given a series of lectures at St George’s concert hall in Bristol on the music of the Eton Choirbook, the works of William Byrd during the Elizabethan period and Church music before and after the Restoration. As a conductor Tom has worked with several successful groups, including the University Singers (Bristol), with whom he toured and recorded music ranging from Machaut to Frank Martin, and The Fitzhardinge Consort, one of the South West’s premier chamber choirs. Despite working largely in London these days, he maintains close links with a number of arts institutions in Bristol, including the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, for whom he recently devised a programme of contemporaneous music for the opening of the Royal Collection of Leonardo Da Vinci sketches. He also works closely with Tom Morris, celebrated Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic, and plays an integral role in the programming of the newly established Bristol Proms, supported by Universal Records and Classic FM.

 

Alongside his busy performing schedule, Tom is the Artistic Director of The Clifton International Festival of Music, which was established in June 2013 to mark the fortieth anniversary of the consecration of Clifton Cathedral. The inaugural festival was a storming success, and saw world class performances by artists such as The Tallis Scholars and I Fagiolini. The second edition of the festival played host to William Whitehead, the Fred Thomas Trio, and up and coming early music group Ars Eloquentiae, and closed with a performance by The Sixteen as part of their annual Choral Pilgrimage.