Biography


Thomas is gaining a reputation as a prolific and dynamic conductor across many genres. As a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, he is on the music staff for both ballet and opera productions at Covent Garden and abroad, having conducted the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House on the Main Stage in July after touring with The Royal Ballet to Tokyo.

Thomas was recently invited to conduct for both Scottish Ballet and Northern Ballet. He returned for his second season on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at Covent Garden to cover Manon, Enigma Variations, Concerto, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet and served as off stage conductor and organist for Otello alongside Antonio Pappano for The Royal Opera. He also conducted performances of new ballet, Snow White by Leon Haxby for Collective 31.

This Autumn he will take up the position of Musical Director for Hampstead Garden Opera’s production of Sāvitri and for Gothic Opera’s production of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle. In 2019 Thomas was Assistant Conductor with Grange Park Opera for their revival of Don Carlo and from 2017-18 he was Chorus Master for Longborough Festival Opera for their productions of Fidelio, Tristan and Isolde and The Flying Dutchman.

In 2016 Thomas was Assistant Conductor for British Youth Opera, conducting Southbank Sinfonia in Malcolm Williamson’s English Eccentrics and has conducted his own productions of Don Giovanni, Hänsel and Gretel, Acis and Galatea, Dido and Aeneas and Savitri and collaborated with William Griffiths for his production of Gianni Schicchi. For the Britten Centenary in 2013 he conducted staged scenes from many Britten operas at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire such as Peter Grimes, The Turn of the Screw, Albert Herring, The Rape of Lucretia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Owen Wingrave. In contemporary opera, he has given premieres of James Oldham’s Bastien and Bastienne and Off the Beaten Track as well as Ulf Diether Soyka’s Ninya and Edward Lambert’s The Cloak and Dagger Affair for Tête à Tête.

Previous ballet work includes positions as 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. He has covered at The Royal Ballet for performances of MayerlingLa Bayedere, Symphony in C, The Unknown Soldier, The Nutcracker and Don Quixote.

Thomas has enjoyed relationships with many ensembles throughout the country and has served for the past five seasons as Musical Director of The Ludlow Orchestra, Leamington Sinfonia and Shrewsbury Cantata Choir and was Co-conductor of Hereford String Orchestra.

Thomas has also been fortunate to have received one on one tuition from conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Ed Gardner, Koen Kessels, Pavel Sorokin and Simon Hewett.

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