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Tom graduated from Cambridge University in 2001, where he held the organ scholarship at Downing College, and subsequently held posts at Norwich and Ripon Cathedrals.

 

As Director of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme Thomas has responsibility for this internationally acclaimed programme reaching over 2500 children a week, involving over 40 schools and twelve auditioned children's choirs.  These choirs regularly broadcast on BBC radio and television, record and enjoy international competition and concert success.

Thomas has received acclaim for his work in rejuvenating Bradford Festival Choral Society, one of Britain's oldest amateur choirs, and formerly directed by such luminaries as Malcolm Sargent, David Wilcocks, Richard Hickox and Brian Kay.  The chorus is now regaining its position as one of Yorkshire's foremost choirs, recognised particularly for its vibrant sound and committed performances.

With an inspirational and technically expert approach to choral training he is in demand as a guest conductor and workshop leader, with recent projects as diverse as Paco Peña's flamenco Requiem por la Tierra, Beethoven Symphony 9, Britten War Requiem, Mahler Symphony 8, Verdi Requiem, the Gabrieli Consort's youth choir programme Gabrieli Roar and the choral soundtrack for the film London Fields.  Tom is the Choral Director for the New London Music School's annual summer school and is the recipient of the Worshipful Company of Educators 2015 Masters' Award, in recognition for his work in music education.

 

As an organist, Tom tailors his programmes to suit both instrument and audience, and his repertoire extends from the earliest organ music to demanding contemporary literature, and includes a number of virtuoso transcriptions, most notably Zsigmond Szathmary's arrangement of Dvorak's "New World" Symphony.  His recitals, broadcasts and recordings receive high praise, and recital venues have included St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, King's College Cambridge, York Minster, Reid Concert Hall Edinburgh and numerous English cathedrals.  His playing has been broadcast on BBC1 (including Midnight Mass 2012), Radio 2, Radio 3 (including the first broadcast of the new organ of Leeds Cathedral and most recently with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain), Radio 4, Classic FM and France Musique and can be heard on a number of commercial recordings, including the complete organ music of Arvo Part, released internationally on Brilliant Classics.

A hugely experienced organ accompanist, Thomas has worked with a number of leading choirs and orchestras, with music ranging from continuo realisation to oratorio arrangements, and including all the major organ accompaniments.