Tom is a freelance pianist, organist, and musical director based in Manchester. He studied Music at the University of Manchester whilst holding the Pilling Trust Organ Scholarship at St. Ann’s Church, studying organ under the Director of Music, Simon Passmore. Whilst at St. Ann’s, Tom was the organist for several television and radio broadcasts. Before starting university, Tom was also the Organ Scholar at Chichester Cathedral. In September 2023, Tom was appointed Junior Fellow – Repetiteur at the Royal Northern College of Music for the current academic year.
As a musical director, Tom has worked with South Manchester AOS on recent productions of both Grease and Little Women. As a rehearsal pianist, Tom has worked on a number of musicals and operas, including Gypsy for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Sweet Charity for the RNCM Young Company, Fire of Olympus for Radius Opera, and both Die Zauberflöte and La Bohème for Flat Pack Music.
Tom has enjoyed a varied career as a pianist, working with choirs and orchestras, schools and universities across the North West, supporting music-making with professionals and amateurs alike. He is the accompanist for Gatley Choir, the RNCM Chamber Choir and Symphony Chorus, and the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain. He is delighted to be taking on the accompanist position with The Barnby Choir.