Musical impresario, artistic director and choral conductor
One of the most versatile conductors of his generation, Tom Hammond-Davies works closely with musicians from London, Oxford and Cambridge, and top artists from the Royal Opera House.
Developing his skills and specialist knowledge as organ scholar at Hertford College Oxford and as countertenor Lay Clerk with the Choir of Magdalen College Oxford, he is now Director of Music with the Wooburn Singers and several other choirs, countertenor Lay Clerk with the multiple Gramophone Award-winning Choir of New College Oxford and founder and director of the Blenheim Singers and the Oxford Bach Soloists.
Tom was awarded 1st prize in the Birmingham Conservatoire Sir Michael Beech Conducting Award and 1st prize in the Three Choirs Festival Conducting Award. He was nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship and has recently been appointed to direct the Choir of St John’s College Oxford from October 2017.
“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 sings professionally as a countertenor Lay Clerk with Oxford’s multiple Gramophone Award winning New College Choir. Dating from the late 14th century the choir today comprises of around thirty voices and is one of the most celebrated and acclaimed choral groups of the UK.
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.