Musical impresario, artistic director and choral conductor
One of the most versatile conductors of his generation, Tom Hammond-Davies is a multiple award-winning choral director based in Oxford.
Educated at Oxford and the Birmingham Conservatoire, Tom was Organ Scholar at Hertford College and a countertenor lay clerk with the Gramophone Award-winning Choir of New College; in October 2017 he was appointed to direct the Choir of St John’s College Oxford.
Tom has for 12 years held the position of Director of Music at the City Church of St Michael at the North Gate and is the Musical Director of the Wooburn Singers, founded by Richard Hickox. His wide-ranging portfolio also includes positions as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Blenheim Singers and of the Oxford Bach Soloists, whose mission is to perform the complete vocal works of JS Bach over the next 12 years in Oxford.
Amongst his many accolades, Tom was awarded 1st prize in the Birmingham Conservatoire Sir Michael Beech Conducting Award, 1st prize in the Three Choirs Festival Conducting Award, and has been nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship.
“Under Tom’s direction, the choir performs with artistic perfection combined with a rarely heard homogeneity – choral sound at its best!”President of Bavarian Music Council
“Hammond-Davies brought out dynamic contrasts with great care, culminating in the most exquisite and magnificent choral attack”The Oxford Times
Tom Hammond-Davies is founder and director of The Blenheim Singers, the professional vocal ensemble based at the UNESCO world heritage site of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. The Blenheim Singers works to ‘build peace into the mind of men and women’ through outstanding musical performances and collaborations.
The Oxford Bach Soloists was founded by Tom Hammond-Davies to perform the complete vocal works of JS Bach in Oxford. Under his direction the OBS provide a laboratory for current research, working with the University of Oxford’s Faculties of Music, Theology, and Modern Languages. Authentic performances are given by the next generation of young soloists with a professional baroque orchestra.
The City Church of Oxford, St Michael at the North Gate, dates from about 1050 and is the oldest surviving building in Oxford. Today, Director of Music, Tom Hammond-Davies leads the choir of professional men and women who perform every week throughout the year, and is considered to be amongst Oxford’s finest choirs.
Tom Hammond-Davies is the Director of the Choir at St John’s College, Oxford. Since 1660 the choir has been providing music for regular choral services in the chapel, and it is one of the oldest and most highly regarded in the university. It offers choral scholarships and there is a choir tour each year, generously subsidised by the College. Recent destinations have included USA, Sweden, France, South Africa, Italy and Germany.
The Wooburn Singers is an auditioned chamber choir directed by Tom Hammond-Davies. The choir of about 50 singers performs around five concerts each year in and around Beaconsfield ranging from a cappella works to large choral pieces with orchestra.