Tom Blomfield

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Oboe

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Tom is twenty one years old and was born in North Wales. He’s currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of oboe professors Christopher Cowie and Ian Hardwick. Tom has enjoyed success whilst studying at the Academy as both an orchestral and solo instrumentalist. As principal oboe in a number of projects with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra he has been able to work with the likes of Ed Gardner, Oliver Knussen and Sir Mark Elder.

In his second year, Tom was selected to play principal oboe in the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble under the direction of Trevor Pinnock. The project culminated in the production of a professional recording of Mozart's Serenade for 13 Winds in B Flat. The CD was produced by Royal Academy Prinicpal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, and record label Linn Records. It was publicly released in April 2016.

As a soloist, Tom has represented the Academy in a number of external recitals, most notably in the lunchtime recital series of The Lantern, Colston Hall where he gave an hour long programme in November 2016. He will also travel to Penzance in November this year to give a performance of the Strauss Oboe Concerto following success in a department wide audition process.

Professionally, Tom has appeared with Sinfonia Cymru, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as guest principal oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra and has recently been awarded a trial for the post of Co-Principal Oboe in the Philharmonia Orchestra. Tom was also invited by Trevor Pinnock to perform in a chamber version of Mahler's 4th Symphony, celebrating his 70th birthday, at Wigmore Hall which took place in December 2016.

Tom is looking forward to returning to his studies at the Academy next year as a post graduate student. He is grateful for the financial support of John Newton Jones and the Worshipful Company of Cutlers throughout his education thusfar.