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Musical Director

Email: t***@***.uk
Local Address:  Leicester , United Kingdom
Leicestershire Chorale
29 South View Uppingham
Leicester , Leicester LE15 9TU
United Kingdom

Company Description: Leicestershire Chorale was founded in 1977 largely by the efforts of Dr Andrew Fairbairn, the then Director of Education for Leicestershire and Rutland, and a...   more

Employment History


  • MA , musicology
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Leicestershire Chorale : People, 28 Aug 2015 [cached]
Tom Williams
Tom Williams Musical Director
Tom Williams
Leicestershire Chorale : People : Tom Williams, 28 Aug 2015 [cached]
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Tom Williams
Musical Director
Tom Williams Tom joined Leicestershire Chorale as musical director in January 2005.
Born in Halifax in 1977, Countertenor Tom Williams began singing at an early age. A former chorister of Ripon Cathedral and a music scholar at Uppingham School, he went up to Cambridge University in 1997 where he read music. As Senior Choral Scholar in the world-famous choir of King's College, he was musical director of Collegium Regale; an a cappella vocal ensemble formed by the choral scholars. With them and the main choir, he toured extensively in Europe, the USA, Australia and the Far East.
He now works as a freelance singer, teacher and conductor. As a choral and consort singer, Tom has worked with some of the most prestigious ensembles and conductors in the world and has sung in major international venues such as New York's Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House. He is a regular member of the EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, who were finalists in the 2005 ROSL Competition and twice nominated for an RPS Award. He also sings in Polyphony and is a Choirman at the Temple Church. As a solo artist Tom enjoys both local and international engagements, recently appearing in the Théàtre L'Odéon in Paris as part of a live performance of music for Guy Maddin's film Brand upon the Brain.
Tom teaches singing at Uppingham School and also works as a vocal coach for the RSCM and the new National Youth Choir of Poland. He has delivered vocal workshops for a number of organisations including Leicester University and the Northampton Bach Choir and coordinated two Vocal Ensemble Courses at the Dartington International Summer School. He is Director of the Leicestershire Chorale, a leading amateur chamber choir that performs a varied and challenging repertoire from large-scale choral works to detailed a cappella pieces. As Artistic Director of Chorale's YouthFindaVoice project, Tom works with students from over ten different colleges and high schools within the Leicestershire area. His brief in this role ranges from working with individual school choirs as a visiting vocal coach, to conducting over two hundred students in performance with a symphony orchestra. In a recent project, he recreated the Honda Civic Choir Advertisement of 2006, with over 100 students at a Leicester College, many of whom had never before sung in their lives, let alone recreated the driving sounds of a family hatchback! He has also directed the Finchley Children's Music Group and the Temple Singers.
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The Choral Society
Our Musical Director since 2012, Tom Williams, was born in Neath, South Wales in 1985 and came to Bristol in 2004 to read Music as an undergraduate. Whilst at the University, he was heavily engaged in music making and sang with several choirs and vocal groups in the city. Having achieved his BA (Music), he then went on to get his MA in musicology.
From 2009 to 2011, Tom was the co-director of the 'University Singers' (Bristol) with his long time friend, the organist and composer, David Bednall.
Tom is now based in London and he has recently been appointed Choral Director at St Martin-in-the-Fields. He is founder and director of the Erebus Ensemble an early music vocal ensemble.
History of the Leicestershire Chorale, 10 June 2010 [cached]
After another rigorous selection procedure, Chorale chose Tom Williams as its conductor from January 2005. As the senior choral scholar at King's College Cambridge he had been musical director of Collegium Regale. He combines a successful singing career with Exaudi, Polyphony and SIX8, with singing teaching at Uppingham School. It has taken him very little time to come to terms with the expectations and needs of a successful amateur choir, perhaps not surprising when he his father has been a well known choral conductor in Derbyshire and his further not only sings but accompanies choirs. Under his direction the Chorale has already won the prize for the Best Classical Performance of the Year awarded by the Mercury. The photograph below shows Tom with his singers at an informal summer concert in 2005.
Leicestershire Chorale with Tom Williams 2005
Tom has had some success in addressing the major problem facing most choirs, which is an ageing membership. The Chorale has benefited from an influx of younger voices in all parts and with its current youth programme, which includes choral scholarships for students; it hopes that the process will continue. It is already clear that he intends to expand the choir's repertoire even further. The Church of Holy Cross Priory has an acoustic to rival that of St James, and it was ideal for "A stirring performance of the Vespers" of Rachmaninov. The Mercury went on to describe the performance as "sonorous, passionate and colourful - a tour de force of choral agility". It reported that all eyes were on Tom Williams who produced a superbly balanced tapestry of sound, with wide-ranging dynamics, good attack and glowing tome - underpinned by the splendid basses who came near to the 'organ pedal' sonority of their Russian counterparts. It is most pleasing that the Bass section has doubled in number.
In the short period of two years Tom has conducted works by composers as varied as Handel (Messiah), Lauridsen, Whitacre, Britten (Ceremony of Carols), Skempton, Sullivan, Vaughan Williams, Gabrieli and Schutz. He has been thoroughly involved in the work with schools and has plans for recordings, tours and new works, including commissions.
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