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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 studying the performance practice of Early Music, and in particular the Magnificat settings of Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer, Nicolas Gombert. Since leaving Bristol he has been most active as a choral conductor and has gained particular recognition for his interpretation of the music of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. He has given concerts across the UK and Europe, broadcast religious services for BBC Radio, and prepared choirs for eminent conductors including Harry Bicket and Dr David Hill. He is in much demand as a workshop leader and has in recent times led workshops for the Clifton International Festival of Music, London Three Choirs Festival and for groups of choral enthusiasts in Holland and France. He frequently gives lectures on a variety of musical subjects ranging from the Eton Choirbook, music of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation and the Tintinnabuli style of modern minimalist composer Arvo Pärt.

 

Tom enjoys combining music with other art forms and recently devised a programme for the National Gallery, performing motets of the Italian Renaissance during the gallery’s Angel Trail installation. He has also worked with the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery for the opening of the Royal Collection of Leonardo Da Vinci sketches. He maintains a close relationship with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, and has collaborated with its celebrated Artistic Director Tom Morris on staged productions of Handel’s Messiah and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (both with The Erebus Ensemble). He recently collaborated on a revision of the Messiah production, which ran for four performances at the Bristol Old Vic and was shown in cinemas nationwide. Other projects include a forthcoming CD entitled ‘Music for a Royal Occasion’ with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Alongside his busy performing schedule, Tom is the Artistic Director of The Clifton International Festival of Music, which has played host to some of the biggest names in Classical choral music including The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen and I Fagiolini.