Saxophonist

Tom studied saxophone under Rob Buckland and Carl Raven at the Royal Northern College of Music. He was awarded a specialist Jazz Scholarship for postgraduate Study at RNCM, and continued his studies with Loose Tubes bassist Steve Berry along with jazz saxophonist/composer Tim Garland.

He has made a number of classical recordings under the Naxos label with RNCM’s award winning Wind Orchestra and Saxophone Orchestra. He continues to give recitals and make orchestral appearances as a classical saxophonist.

Tom’s career as a jazz soloist/composer has allowed him to performance and clubs, festivals and competitions all over the world. Writing and performing his own music is his passion and his portfolio of original projects has produced a growing list of accolades and achievements.

2011 – Shortlist finalist Presteigne Festival Composer’s Competition

2012 – Winner of RNCM Improvisation medal.

2013 – Shorlisted for Peter Whitingham Jazz Award

2016 – Grand Finalist (Runner-up) at Taichung International Saxophone Competition

2017 – Winner of Best Instrumental Soloist, John Raducanu International Jazz Festival

 

Scroll down to see Tom’s current original projects….

Interview with Band on the Walls Artistry series.

From the PeeWee Ellis Funk Foundation, Live @ Band on the Wall 2017

Performance of Giya Kancheli’s Night Prayers for Soprano Saxophone, String Orchestra and Electronics. Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Manchester 2010.

NEW PROJECT - ILUMETRIS

Ilumetris is a BRAND NEW project, with a new album of specially composed material by Tom. The music takes influence from the intricate writing of Ben Wendel and Seamus Blake as well the classic free improvisers of late 20th century British Jazz, namely Kenny Wheeler and John Surman.

Alongside Tom’s Saxes/Bass Clarinet, Ilumetris features the unique talents of:

Neil Yates – trumpet/flugelhorn

George King – piano

Grant Russell – bass

John Arnesen – drums

The debut album from Ilumetris – Here, There be Monsters… is in production and will be released in the first half of 2020! Bookings are currently coming in for an Autumn 2020 tour, so watch this space!

Polygon

Polygon: Tom’s saxophone quartet project, features a stellar line-up of internationally award winning saxophonists Kyran Matthews, Jeff Guntren and Krzysztof Urbanski.

Their debut album Monkey Puzzle was launched at a special performance for the 2017 Manchester Jazz Festival.

Polygon’s compositions blend a generous spattering of influences from the chamber music of Bartok, Boulez and Stravinsky; the unique jazz voices of Ornette Coleman and Thelonius Monk; and heavily inspired by the powerful sound, fiery interplay and creative ensemble improvisation of the Axis and Artvark Sax Quartets.

——————–NEW ALBUM COMING IN 2020….————————-

Polygon will be back in the studio in the spring next year for a new album and UK tour featuring gigs and Masterclasses around the country.

 

Polygon are proud to be D’Addario artists.

The Taka Ensemble

The Take Ensemble began as part of a commission by the Howden Minster Concert Series, to write a suite of new music for their Summer Festival. The Minster wanted to celebrate the unique acoustic of this ancient abbey, and the rich history of Yorkshire’s East Riding which surrounds the Minster.

 

Featuring amazing improvising string players Graham Clark, Faz Shah, Tim Rathbone and Mike Newman. Along-side them, multi-talented bassist Geth Griffiths (Crowded House, Mike Walker, James Morrison)  and the award winning pianist David Austin Grey (Hansu-Tori, Courtney Pine). The Taka Ensemble blends classical chamber music and contemporary jazz, with through composed and improvised new works.

Chanson by Tom Thorp, with The Taka Ensemble at Howden Minster, East Yorkshire June 2016. Featuring solos by Tim Rathbone (vla), Graham Clark (vln) and Tom Thorp (tnr).

The Take Ensemble in rehearsal at Cross Street Chapel, Manchester.

NEW RECORDINGS AND GIG DATES COMING SOON…..

Mercury

Mercury started life in 2012, when they were final year students at the Royal Northern College of Music. After their first gig, as a warm up for the Robert Glasper Trio they officially launched at the 2012 Manchester Jazz Festival. Their first album Mercury:[LP] in 2013 saw them take the debut UK Tour, visiting RNCM, King’s Place, Colston Hall, Jersey and Southport Jazz Festivals, alongside art centres and clubs across the UK. It also saw them nominated for the Peter Whitingham Jazz Award. 2016 saw Mercury expand to a 5 piece line up, welcoming Richard Jones to the fold and the release of second album Sea Speak. The Sea Speak tour included a sell out launch at Manchester’s Band on the Wall, critical acclaim from reveiwer’s for gigs and record alike plus an ever increasing catalogue of new material, developing the bands sound, blending the aesthetics and language of contemporary jazz with flavours of grunge, folk, electronic and classical music.

Mercury always engage. Energetic grooves mix with warmth and lyricism – a perfect combination.” Gwilym Simcock

www.mercurymanchester.co.uk

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Footage from the Sea Speak album session (at Giant Wafer Studios) and their performance at RNCM International Saxophone Day.

Hanging Gardens (live) at Sea Speak Album Launch: Band on the Wall, Manchester 2016