Thomas was appointed Musical Director for the Leamington Sinfonia in June 2013. He is currently continuing successful relationships with a number of orchestras as Musical Director of the Ludlow Orchestra and Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra and Shrewsbury Cantata Choir. From 2009-2012 he was Associate Musical Director of the Birmingham Concert Orchestra and Principal Conductor for the City of Derby Youth Orchestras and from 2010-2013 he was Principal conductor of the Asklepios Orchestra. In June 2013 he was also appointed as co-conductor for the Hereford String Orchestra.
Since graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2011 he has conducted a number of ensembles including Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Dartington Festival Orchestra, CBSO Youth Orchestra, Bedworth Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Conservatoire Composer's Ensemble. Thomas appears as a regular guest with many orchestras including Leamington Chamber Orchestra, Charnwood Orchestra and Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra. As well as continuing these collaborations, 2013 will see him conduct the Salomon Orchestra in London and The Film Orchestra as part of the Worcester Festival.
After conducting the premiere of James Oldham's Off the Beaten Track with Waste Paper Opera in 2012 at the Crescent Theatre, he again worked successfully with Oldham and WPO in a contemporary revision of Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne. Thomas has also worked with vocal students from the Birmingham Conservatoire on scenes from a variety of operas by Bizet and Mozart. In February this year for the Benjamin Britten Centenary he conducted a semi-staged performance of scenes from several Britten operas at the Adrian Boult Hall.
Thomas has been studying privately with Philip Ellis since 2009 and has enjoyed masterclasses with Sian Edwards, Steuart Bedford, John Carewe and Michael Seal.
You can visit Thomas' official website here.
Edward went to school in East Yorkshire and started learning to play the violin aged 8, taking Grade 8 at 14. He spent 5 years in the East Riding Youth Orchestra, becoming its leader in the final year. He studied for a French and Music degree at Birmingham University, playing regularly in quartets, chamber and symphony orchestras, again leading in his final year. During this time he also performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5.
Edward then taught English in Lyon, France, for 2 years, and played with the local School of Music orchestra and the OSIU (joint campus orchestra), leading in the second year.
Edward is currently a Teaching Fellow in French Studies at the University of Birmingham, specialising in French theatre during the Second World War. He has led the Leamington Sinfonia since January 2008, occasionally performing concertos (Beethoven in 2009, Mendelssohn in 2011) or conducting.
Edward's interests include badminton, reading and preaching in his local church.
John is a long-standing Leamington Sinfonia member and is the orchestra's principal oboist in addition to his duties as chairman. He started as chairman in 2012 and shows tireless devotion to the role. All the orchestra members are extremely grateful for his efforts.