Following success in the 2013 BBC Inspire Young Composers’ Competition, Thomas Brown – who is 23 and from Huddersfield – began studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons) Composition degree under the tutelage of Professor Rory Boyle. Prior to this, he attended Chetham’s School of Music and was awarded the Douglas Steele Award for Composition. He now studies under Richard Ayres and Willem Jeths at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
The “joyfully exuberant” (Anna Meredith) ‘Recomposed Baroque’ was performed by members of the Aurora Orchestra at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2013. Subsequently ‘Cairo’ was commissioned for members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. More recent projects have included a work to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday on behalf of the Holme Valley Parish Council, last year ‘Lux’ was rehearsed and recorded by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and his music was used as part of the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships and Scottish Open Badminton Grand Prix, the former tournament being broadcast to over 600 million people worldwide. In February 2016 musicians joined together to perform in a concert containing a selection of his chamber music and he has worked with ensembles such as Red Note and the European Youth Brass Band. At the age of 15 he arranged music for Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts.
Conducting is another passion of Thomas’; he enjoys directing his own works as well as others. He also plays trumpet, cornet, piano, and has appeared as a percussionist.
As a tutor, Thomas has been described as clear, inspiring, and able to give his students confidence in their work. “Tom kept me stimulated and inspired in moments when I would run out of ideas, and created structure and direction in moments when I felt unsure with what to do.” He is a BBC Proms Inspire Ambassador, regularly assisting at workshops, advising and mentoring young composers.
Thomas is currently generously supported by Moose International.
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