Tom Hammond – Music Director & Conductor
After being selected by Sir Charles Mackerras to be the first Junior Fellow in conducting at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2006-2008), Tom Hammond has developed a rich and musically diverse career that encompasses working with top-flight professionals, youth orchestras, non-professional musicians, and leading education and outreach projects.
Winning awards and critical acclaim en route, Tom has built a reputation for developing ensembles musically and artistically whilst encouraging thoughtful programming, championing new music and developing relationships with outstanding soloists.
In 2011 Tom was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, in recognition of his achievements in conducting.
This is Tom’s fourth season with HSO. During his tenure, the orchestra has taken on exciting challenges including world première performances of music by Bernard Hughes and Will Handysides, performing with international star pianist Stephen Hough, and working with director Peter Avery in a semi-staged version of Sibelius’ music for The Tempest.
Tom is also joint Artistic Director of the Hertfordshire Festival of Music, Principal Conductor of St Albans Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of Essex Symphony Orchestra and Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, Music Director Mid-Herts Youth Orchestra, Guest Conductor of Palestine Youth Orchestra and Associate Conductor of Easter Orchestral Society.
Tom is active as a record producer and is one half of Chiaro Audio, who have recently won plaudits for their recordings from BBC Music Magazine.
‘…a serious contender for most promising maestro of his generation…’ Musical Opinion, June 2017