Our Conductor

Tom Hammond

Following his selection by Sir Charles Mackerras to be the first Junior Fellow in conducting at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2006-08), Tom Hammond has developed a rich and musically diverse career that encompasses working with top-flight professionals, youth orchestras, non-professional musicians, and leading education and outreach projects. Winning awards and critical acclaim, Tom has built a reputation for developing ensembles musically and artistically whilst encouraging thoughtful programming, championing new music and developing relationships with outstanding soloists.

In 2011, Tom was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his achievements in conducting, was a prize winner at the 2009 Leeds Conductors Competition, and in 2010 was Principal Conductor at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and Assistant Conductor at British Youth Opera.

In the 2018–19 season, Tom will make his debut conducting the Orchestra of the Swan, to include accompanying world-famous ‘cellist Steven Isserlis. Other prominent soloists with whom Tom has recently performed include pianist Stephen Hough, violinist Ray Chen, clarinettist Emma Johnson, flautist Daniel Pailthorpe and ‘cellist Matthew Sharp. He has given numerous world and British premières, including music by Matthew Taylor, Bernard Hughes, James Francis Brown and Carl Nielsen.

Tom is currently Music Director of the Essex, Hertford and St Albans Symphony Orchestras and the award-winning Yorkshire Young Sinfonia. He also holds positions with the Palestine Youth Orchestra and Ingenium Academy International Summer School, and is a regular guest conductor with many groups, including London orchestras Sinfonia Tamesa (for whom he was Music Director for a decade) and the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra.

Tom is founding Artistic Director of The Hertfordshire Festival of Music and a recording producer for Chiaro Audio.

“… a serious contender for most promising maestro of his generation” – Musical Opinion, 2017