Biography

Thomas is quickly gaining a reputation as a prolific conductor across many genres. He is currently Chorus Master for Longborough Festival Opera for their production of The Flying Dutchman this June and was Chorus Master for their productions of Tristan and Isolde and Fidelio in 2017 to critical acclaim.

In ballet he has been Assistant and Cover conductor for Birmingham Royal Ballet in productions of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Variations, Elgar’s Enigma and Stephen Montague’s The King Dances (recorded for BBC Four) at Birmingham Hippodrome, Theatre Royal Plymouth and the Royal Albert Hall.

As Musical Director of many ensembles throughout the country, Thomas enjoys strong relationships with The Ludlow Orchestra, Leamington Sinfonia, Shrewsbury Cantata Choir and Hereford String Orchestra, performing a wide variety of repertoire. This season’s highlights will include Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Mahler’s Symphony No.1 ‘Titan’ and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’ alongside Ludlow Choral Society.

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.

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 premiere Robert Peate’s work Lullay for violin and orchestra in Hereford.