Thomas is quickly gaining a reputation as a prolific conductor across many genres. After being appointed as Chorus Master for Longborough Festival Opera in 2017 for their productions of Tristan and Isolde and Fidelio he has since been invited back for their production of The Flying Dutchman in 2018. Thomas was Assistant Conductor for British Youth Opera’s 2016 season, conducting Southbank Sinfonia in Malcolm Williamson’s English Eccentrics.
Other operatic highlights include his own productions of Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel, Acis and Galatea and Dido and Aeneas as well as scenes from many Britten operas such as Peter Grimes, The Turn of the Screw, Albert Herring, The Rape of Lucretia and Owen Wingrave.
Thomas is Musical Director for Leamington Sinfonia, Ludlow Orchestra and Shrewsbury Cantata Choir as well as Co-Conductor for Hereford String Orchestra and this season sees him working with them on works such as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Mahler’s Symphony No.1 ‘Titan’ and Beethoven’s glorious Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’. He enjoys a busy guest conducting other orchestras such as Sinfonia of Birmingham, Salomen Orchestra and Neue Streicher Wein.
In the world of dance Thomas has been Assistant Conductor for Birmingham Royal Ballet on many productions such as Tchaikovsky’s Variations, Elgar’s Enigma and Stephen Montague’s The King Dances. The latter was recorded for BBC Four as part of their series on Louis XIV. This December he was invited as cover conductor for the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall.
Contemporary music is also something at the forefront of Thomas’ interests. Having premiered works by Lluis Mather, and Ami Oprenova he has also premiered the operas of James Oldham (Off the Beaten Track, Bastien and Bastienne) and Ulf-Deither Soyka (Ninya). This season sees him premier Robert Peate’s work Lullay for violin and orchestra in Hereford.