Thom Fripp

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Rock/Pop

Instrument/voice type: Electric Guitar

Location: Royal Northern College of Music

Thomas Fripp is an electric guitarist, composer and arranger based in Manchester. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under Mike Walker and Johnny Heyes, and graduated in 2014 with a first class honours degree. He is due to further his studies at the RNCM on the new Popular Music Masters in 2016.

During and since his time at university, Thomas has performed at a variety of venues across the UK, Europe and U.S.A., most notably with Manchester-based band Folks, who toured Europe supporting Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in 2012.

He has also performed for live theatre on a number of occasions, most recently as a solo instrumentalist for Theatre Alibi’s UK tour of ‘Falling’ by Daniel Jamieson.

In 2014, Thomas contributed the guitar solo and string arrangements to Italian artist Omar Pedrini’s single 'Che ci vado a fare a Londra'. The single reached number 6 in the Italian charts and gained Pedrini a number of TV appearances.

Thomas has also recently been working with an RnB artist called Mahalia, with whom he performed at the Other Voices festival in Ireland in December 2015. The performance was broadcast on Irish TV in February 2016.

In 2013, during the final year of Thomas's undergraduate degree, he was awarded the Roland Scholarship prize.

As well as the Help Musicians UK bursary award, Thomas was offered a scholarship from the RNCM, and is very grateful to have been offered both awards.