Founder and Artistic Director, Oxford Bach Soloists, Blenheim Singers
Musical Director, Wooburn Singers
Director of Music, City Church of Oxford
Tom Hammond-Davies is currently performing the complete vocal works of J. S. Bach in a pioneering project to mount the complete canon in chronological sequence, programmed in real-time, and in the context for which they were conceived.
Founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Bach Soloists, he has set out to perform Bach’s works as he himself would have realised them with performers, instruments, and venues that echo the university and churches of Bach’s hometown of Leipzig.
His work as Artistic Director of his Blenheim Singers has emphasised the importance of cultural dialogue under the auspices of Blenheim Palace’s UNESCO World Heritage status, cultivating international relationships for over a decade.
Winner of multiple awards, Hammond-Davies has worked with Lorin Maazel, Peter Manning, James Gilchrist, Dame Ann Murray, Roderick Williams, and conducted premières of works by Colin Riley, Paul Spicer, and Sir James MacMillan.
Appearances include the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall (2012), the Three Choirs Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival, Three Palaces Festival Malta, and as guest conductor with the New Mozart Orchestra, International Baroque Players, Oxford Bach Choir, New Chamber Singers in Rome, and Musica Nova in Antwerp.
Educated at Oxford and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Hammond-Davies was Organ Scholar at Hertford College, a countertenor Lay Clerk with the Choir of New College, Choir Director at St John’s College, and 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
“Thrilling mixture of precision and abandon.”The Guardian
“Masterful leadership”Frankfurter Allgemeine
“Absolutely perfect in every way”Oxford Times
“The intuitive clarity of Tom Hammond-Davies’ musical direction brought out every nuance”Daily Info
“Hammond-Davies brought out dynamic contrasts with great care, culminating in the most exquisite and magnificent choral attack”The Oxford Times
“Outstanding baroque splendour”Frankfurter Neue Press
“Exceptional quality which, despite perfection, thwarts all sterility”Süddeutsche Zeitung
“Baroque style with a delicious authenticity highlighted by a welcome lightness”Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace
“Committed, polished and refined”Music and Vision Magazine
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.
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.