Our Conductor

Tom Hammond

After his selection by Sir Charles Mackerras as the first Junior Fellow in conducting at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2006-08), London-based Tom Hammond has developed a rich and musically diverse career that encompasses working with top-flight professionals, youth orchestras and non-professional musicians, leading education projects, producing recordings and artistically directing a major festival.

Winning awards and critical acclaim en route, Tom has built a reputation for developing ensembles musically and artistically whilst encouraging thoughtful programming, championing new music and developing relationships with outstanding soloists, both as conductor and programmer.

In the 2018–19 season, Tom will make his debut conducting the Orchestra of the Swan, with projects to include accompanying world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis, and developing a new concert programme especially for families. He also takes on a new role for Hertfordshire Music Service, leading the youth orchestra based at the Mid Herts Centre for Music.

Tom has given numerous world and British premières, including music by James Francis Brown, Bernard Hughes, Elena Firsova, Carl Nielsen and Matthew Taylor. Prominent soloists with whom Tom has recently performed include pianist Stephen Hough, violinist Ray Chen, clarinettist Emma Johnson, flautist Daniel Pailthorpe, cellist Matthew Sharp and mezzo Anna Harvey.

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.

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.

Tom is founding Artistic Director of The Hertfordshire Festival of Music (www.hertsmusicfest.org.uk) and produces recordings for Chiaro Audio (www.chiaro-audio.uk).

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