From the fairytales of Lewis Carroll to Luigi Serafini’s encyclopaedia of imaginary things, Tom casts his net wide when searching out new musical inspirations.
Recent works Etudes for Solo Violin (for London Sinfonietta) and Antic Rounds (for the Bangor New Music Festival) are a case in point, drawing on incantations from the Macbeth witches and Jimi Hendrix’s psychedelic performance of Star Spangled Banner respectively.
Besides these recent commissions, the 25 year old is also Sound and Music New Voices composer (for the 2014-15 season) and an associate member of LSO Soundhub, both providing plenty of opportunities to shine.
In October he will be a featured composer at the Soundings festival curated by the Fidelio Trio’s Mary Dullea at the Austrian Cultural Forum London.
And with future projects also including a commission for the strings of the Britten Sinfonia (to be premiered at London’s Milton Court on 20 March 2015) and a work for the Mahler Chamber Orchestra commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival, you'll be hearing plenty more from this upcoming talent.
Faber Music certainly think so - Tom has just become the first new composer to join the publisher since Martin Suckling in 2012. An impressive feat for one of Britain's most exciting new talents.
Photo credit: Sarah Hill