Thomas Scott-Cowell

Award: Fleming Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Counter Tenor

Location: Royal College of Music

24 year old British Counter-Tenor Tom Scott-Cowell graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music and is continuing at the RCM on the Masters course as a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Scholar and was also generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Maidment Award in 2016, a Help Musicians Ian Fleming Award in 2017, and the Josephine Baker Trust. Tom is currently under the tutelage of Dinah Harris and Caroline Dowdle having previously studied with Lawrence Zazzo, Eiddwen Harrhy, John Blakely, Andrew Robinson and Stephen Varcoe.

Tom's love for classical music began at an early age, and at 8 years old won a choral scholarship to Westminster Abbey under James O’Donnell and developed quickly as a strong solo performer. At the Abbey, as well as the daily services, he took part in many concerts and televised events, sang in the Prom concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, and toured extensively in the USA, Germany, Denmark and Spain. He also contributed to a number of recordings with the Abbey choir including The Feast of St Edward and Trinity Sunday. In 2006 Tom became a Music Scholar at Radley College and went on to hold a choral scholarship at Hereford Cathedral in his gap year.

As a soloist Tom has taken part in masterclasses with leading figures such as Michael Chance, Ashley Stafford, Lawrence Zazzo, Susan Waters, Dame Emma Kirkby and Andrew Kennedy. Recent engagements have included Händel’s Messiah, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne and Israel in Egypt, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Stabat Mater, Bach’s Magnificat, St John Passion, BWV 131, Actus Tragicus, Tavener’s Lament for Jerusalem, Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art, Bernstein’s Chichester Pslams, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater the world premiere of Graham Fitkin’s Disco to close the Cheltenham Music Festival (2015), The South American Baroque Music Festival, Harwich Festival, Swansea International Festival and the Barnes Music Festival. On stage he has played Polinesso in Händel’s Ariodante as part of the London Handel Festival 2016 in conjunction with the Royal College of Music International Opera School (cond. Laurence Cummings, dir. James Bonas), the role of Pastore III in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Royal College of Music Scenes, cond. Johnathan Peter Kenny, dir. Sebastian Harcombe), in Autumn 2016 he covered the roles of Ericlea, L’Humana Fragilitá in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for English Touring Opera and performed the title role in Acis and Galatea (1732) in Aldeburgh and in 2017 returned to the London Handel Festival to perform Gernando in Händel’s Faramondo under Laurence Cummings. In competitions Tom won the Somerset Opera Prize and runner up of the Somerset Song Prize 2015, a semi-finalist in the London Bach Society’s Bach Singing Prize and was 2nd in the Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition.