Tom developed a love of composing during his late teens and chose to focus his studies at University of Manchester on compositional techniques. He studied contemporary classical composition with Dr Camden Reeves, Prof. Philip Grange at University of Manchester and Prof. Adam Gorb and Gary Carpenter at RNCM. Since then, Tom has written for a number of the UK’s leading young chamber ensembles and soloists, his own projects and commercial clients in Classical/Jazz and Pop genres. He has been shortlisted for several Composition Prizes (Presteigne Festival, John Dankworth Prize, Bucharest Jazz Festvial composers prize) and has been commissioned for a number of large scale works including a recent commission by Howden Minster for the genre-fluid Taka Ensemble as part of their 2016 summer festival.
Watch this space: Tom’s piece Bamyili (origianlly written for Amy Dickson) which reached the final of the Presteigne Festival Composer’s Competition 2012, is soon to be released on Anthony Brown’s latest CD. Anthony is a Park Lane Group artist, and specialist in contemporary music for saxophone. http://www.anthonybrownsaxophone.com
Scores for many of his Original works/arrangements are available for public performance by contacting Tom Thorp directly.
Arrangements available include:
All is Quiet, Bob Mintzer – Solo Tenor Saxophone and String Orchestra
Fuzzy Bird Sonata, Takashi Yoshimatsu – Solo Alto Saxophone, Chamber Orchestra
Armistis: Popular Song’s of the Great War for The People’s History Museum – Children’s choir and piano
A Christmas Anthology – Saxophone Quartet
A Functions’ Anthology – String Quartet
Tom has produced a variety of musical content for commercial use. Ranging from Film/TV to theatrical score, from hold music to educational backing tracks.
Clients have included: Sainsbury’s, The BBC, Michael Hyde Associated Architect’s, AB Theatre Productions, One Education Trust.
Please contact Tom directly if you want to discuss studio produced or instrumental commercial briefs.
Original Concert Works
Available for public performance
Bamyili – Solo Soprano Saxophone (Flute arr. also available)
Chanson – Saxophone and String Quartet
Figments of the Imagination – Big Band (Standard line-up)
Hex – String Quartet
Seafarer (Collaboration with English Electric) – Saxophone and Tape
Miniatures for Saxophones – SATB plus SST and SSTB
Skips – Solo Bass Clarinet
Sonata in Primary Colours – Alto Saxophone, Piano, Cello
Swat – Clarinet and Piano
3 Textures for Clarinet Quintet – Clarinet and String Quartet
Two Verses – Mixed Choir and Saxophone Quartet
Whirl – Oboe and Marimba