Thomas Brown is a young composer, with experience writing in many fields. He also holds grade 8 in cornet and piano and has experience conducting.
Following success in the senior category of the 2013 BBC Inspire Young Composers’ Competition with his ‘Recomposed Baroque’, described as a joyful exuberance by competition judge Anna Meredith, Thomas (b. 1995) now studies with Rory Boyle at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he was highly commended in the Dinah Wolfe Composition Prize in his first year for his violin and viola duet ‘Itch’. Prior to this, he attended Chetham’s School of Music and upon leaving, was awarded with the Douglas Steele Award for Composition.
As part of the prize for winning the BBC Inspire Competition, Thomas’ ‘Recomposed Baroque’ was performed by members of the Aurora Orchestra at the BBC Proms in 2013 and was subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Following this, the BBC Symphony Orchestra then commissioned him to write ‘Cairo’ for Alison Teale (the orchestra’s principle cor anglais player) accompanied by a mixed quintet of other musicians from the orchestra. ‘Cairo’, which provides a snapshot of the bustling Egyptian metropolis with intertwining themes from the Story Told by the Jewish Physician from 1001 Nights, was premiered in November 2014 at BBC Maida Vale Studios and will be broadcast on the ‘Hear and Now Show’ on BBC Radio 3 next January. He was also awarded the Holme Valley Parish Council’s Exceptional Achievers Award in 2013, as recognition for winning the competition.
Other commissions received by Thomas have included ‘Chetham’s Fanfare – A Fanfare for Mass and Space’ which was commissioned during his first year at the school and was played by the Chetham’s sixth form ten piece brass and percussion ensembles at the opening ceremonies of the new school building, one ceremony being attended by HRH Earl of Wessex; ‘Nero’, a fanfare commissioned by the Scottish Brass Band Association and premiered by the European Youth Brass Band at the European Festival of Brass, which was held in Perth Concert Hall in May 2014 and he has recently started work on a piece for the annual PLUG Festival at the conservatoire.
Thomas is from Huddersfield and attended Holmfirth High School, taking part in many concerts, competitions and trips within the UK and abroad, one such trip being to London in 2009 to play at the Royal Albert Hall. Also whilst at Holmfirth, he arranged music to be played by the Skelmanthorpe Brass Band to accompany Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts.
At the age of 16, he began studies in composition (under Jeremy Pike and Gavin Wayte), trumpet (under John Dickinson) and piano (under Marta Karbownicka) at the Chetham's School of Music. He participated in many composers’ concerts, often directing his own works. Thomas experimented with elements such as jazz in his ‘Mediterranean Nights’ which was premiered by Joel Cooper on flugel horn who is an ex-Chets student, alongside a big band made up of (at the time) current students; microtones and non-western instruments in ‘2012: The Desolate Aftermath’ for flute, bağlama and double bass and orchestral writing in ‘Synthesis’, which contains a fairly colossal finale and was performed just before he left Chets.
In autumn 2012, Thomas earned scholarships to study composition at multiple conservatoires and in September 2013, he began studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, shortly before taking up the role of Musical Director at the Glasgow University Brass Band, whom he conducted for one academic year. He also currently plays cornet with the Kirkintilloch Brass Band, although appeared as a percussionist with them at the 2014 British Open Brass Band Championships.
Band / Organisation:
Glagow University Band
Previous Playing Experience:
2007-2008: Hade Edge (contesting) - 3rd then 2nd cornet <br>
2009-2010: Yorkshire Coop - solo cornet<br>
2010-2011: Skelmanthorpe - solo cornet <br>
2013-present: Glasgow University Band - Musical Director <br>
2014-present: Kirkintilloch - solo cornet/ percussion <br>