An introduction from Jon. I was born in London, read music at Bristol (I was there from 1989 - 1994), and then returned to London. I studied violin and piano jointly and conducting with George Hurst at Canford. I met my wife Lisa (cellist with Ludlow Orch) at Bristol University (she was also reading music). We lived in London until 2004 and then moved with our two boys (who were very small at the time) to Lingen in north–west Herefordshire (about 20 mins drive from Ludlow). We’ve been here ever since.
Thomas was appointed Musical Director of Ludlow Orchestra in June 2012.
Thomas has established himself as a sought-after conductor in many genres. Currently Musical Director of Leamington Sinfonia, The Ludlow Orchestra and Shrewsbury Cantata Choir he enjoys regular guest conducting appointments with Salomon Orchestra, Leamington Chamber Orchestra and many other ensembles. This Autumn will see him work with Sinfonia of Birmingham and pianist Di Xiao.
In addition to symphonic conducting Thomas has recently been Assistant Conductor for Birmingham Royal Ballet on their Anniversary commission of 'The King Dances' for BBC4. He is also conducting the World Premiere of the ballet Snow White by Leon Huxby for new dance ensemble Collective 31.
Opera has always been at the core of Thomas' output and last season he was appointed Assistant Conductor for British Youth Opera's production of 'English Eccentrics', conducting Southbank Sinfonia at The Peacock Theatre. Recently he has produced semi staged performances of Don Giovanni, Hänsel and Gretel, Savitri and Dido and Aeneas as well as scenes from Britten's Peter Grimes, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Turn of the Screw, Owen Wingrave, Albert Herring and The Rape of Lucretia.
Clare was first taught to play the violin by her father and went on to study both violin and piano as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music. She was very active in music-making at Cambridge while reading Theology at Clare College before completing her postgraduate performance studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Thereafter she taught violin in various London schools before spending five years as Director of Music at Durston House School.
Since moving to Shropshire in 2010 she has resumed her career as an instrumental teacher working for the Shropshire Music Service and privately. As well as being leader of the Ludlow Orchestra she also leads the Shropshire Chamber Orchestra, plays in the Eroica Camerata and gives regular chamber music recitals. She has recently become Music Director of the Church Stretton Arts Festival.