Tom Harrold

Senior Lecturer: Composition

BA (Hons) Music (Classical)

Scottish composer Tom Harrold’s music has been aired internationally at venues which include the Royal Albert, Berlin Philharmonic, Cadogan, Queen Elizabeth, Wigmore, Liverpool Philharmonic and Bridgewater Halls, Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Kings Place, Purcell Room, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sadler’s Wells, and St John’s Smith Square.

His recent output includes a 30-minute ballet, co-commissioned by Birmingham Royal Ballet and Queensland Ballet (Australia), which was premiered in 2019 and is due to be premiered in Queensland in 2022. Other recent works include To the Light (2017) for Joseph Swensen and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Raze (2016), which opened the Last Night of the Proms, Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra (2019) for Emma McPhilemy and the BBC Philharmonic. His work Nightfires (2016), was a BBC SSO commission that was “among the most exciting pieces by a Scottish composer in the last 25 years.” [Herald].

In 2017, Raze was selected by the BBC Symphony Orchestra to represent BBC Radio 3 at the International Rostrum of Composers. Other recent projects include a concerto for Colin Currie (Unchained, 2018), and chamber works for Psappha (Speechless Skies, 2017; Dark Dance, 2018) and the Edinburgh Quartet (Elegy, 2017; Silent Shores, 2015).

Tom is currently based in Manchester, and was recently conferred as an Associate Member of the RNCM (his alma mater).

In 2014, he broke a Guinness World Record for his work Ticcatoccatina, for the greatest number of musicians performing on one piano at one time.


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