Tom Hammond - Music Director and Conductor
After being selected by Sir Charles Mackerras to be the first Junior Fellow in conducting at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2006-08), 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.
Projects in 2015-16 included a performance of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Stephen Hough and the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia at Leeds Town Hall; a semi-staged performance of Sibelius' music for The Tempest with actor Scott Brooksbank and director Peter Avery; presenting MusicUpClose for sound collective at the Winchester Science Festival, and the launch of the Hertfordshire Festival of Music - which he jointly founded with composer James Francis Brown.

Tom Hammond is Co-Artistic Director of sound collective and Music Director of the Essex Symphony Orchestra, Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Tamesa and - from 2016 - the St Albans Symphony Orchestra.

 He is also a Principal Conductor at the Ingenium Academy International Summer School, Guest Conductor of the Palestine Youth Orchestra, and Music Director of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia. This season he makes his debut with the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra.


Guest Conductors:

Jonathan Mann

Jonathan Mann is one of Wales’ most exciting musicians and is the newly appointed Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Prize winner at the Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition 2015 in Bucharest, he received the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra prize and a special jury prize leading to his Polish debut in 2016.

As founder and Music Director of the Cardiff Sinfonietta he has overseen the orchestra’s expansion over a 11 year period. The orchestra has broadcast for the BBC and S4C and worked with soloists including Nicola Benedetti, Benjamin Grosvenor, Sunwook Kim and Dennis O’Neill.

Jonathan Bloxam

Jonathan Bloxham is already establishing himself as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation and was appointed Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from the 2016/17 season. He is also Artistic Director of Northern Chords, a festival based in the North East of England that he founded in 2009.


Jonathan's recent conducting highlights include the Philadelphia Orchestra in the finals of their search for an Assistant and work as Cover Conductor at the New York Philharmonic. In November 2016 he stood in for Nikolai Znaider at short notice with the CBSO to conduct a concert of Mozart. He will conduct the CBSO in a full symphonic programme in Symphony Hall in June 2017 and future engagements include the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concerto Orchestra in the National Concert Hal Dublin and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.


As a cellist Jonathan is winner of several prestigious awards such as the Guilhermina Suggia Gift and a Pierre Fournier Award Grant and has regularly performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Southbank Centre. Jonathan gave his concerto debut at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2012 and in chamber music he has collaborated with renowned musicians such as Michael Collins, Jack Liebeck and the Schumann Quartet.


Jonathan started his musical training at the age of 8 with a local teacher at his primary school in Gateshead. He then studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll and finally at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins. Jonathan has taken further studies with Eberhart Feltz, Nicolas Pasquet and Paavo Jarvi.