Tom is an award winning and regularly performed Scottish composer and conductor, who has written for choirs and orchestra. As reviewed in BroadwayBaby.com, August 2012, "he has a real gift for genuine original melody – much rarer than you might think – and incorporates vigorous folk influences, blues and swing as well as tints of Debussy and Vaughan Williams in folk mode.".
As well as his own compositions, often in collaboration with Alexander McCall Smith, he has produced modern editions of works for choir. Browse this site for more information, for free audio and sheet music samples, and for details on how to purchase or obtain copies of his music.
Ian Tracey, conductor of The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and choir after they performed Patapan in six concerts, December 2019 :"They all loved it, and the choir were going around singing it - it became their jingle - very catchy."
The presenter for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and chorus performed after five concerts of For unto us a child is born, December 2018: "an inspired new setting".
Broadway World, June 2014: "A great story, complemented by a marvellous score, and brought to life by a tightly-knit ensemble of performers, Fergus of Galloway makes for a great night of new musical theatre".
The Public Reviews, August 2013: "New opera doesn’t get any better than Cunningham and McCall Smith’s The Okavango Macbeth, instantly accessible, incredibly melodic"
The Scotsman 2009 :"His compositional style is quintessentially British in its liquid harmonies, well-nourished textures and frequent bouts of innocent wit. But most of all, his vital musical connection with his texts throw up a consistency of invention and imagination."