"Floyd’s piece offers the greatest textural and coloristic range, bringing the evening to a powerful close."
The Stage ****
“a strong and absorbing evening…Floyd’s multitextured writing makes a satisfying finale”
The Guardian ****
Composer | Conductor | Producer
"Floyd’s music is written with a lyrical understanding of the human voice not always found in modern classical music."
One Stop Arts ****
"This opera is a very well made piece... Floyd's music is attractive, mellifluous, continuous." The Spectator ****
"Britten Sinfonia under the baton of Tom Floyd are pure perfection in the pit"
Eastern Daily Press
Tom Floyd is a composer, conductor and producer working in a variety of musical environments. He has been commissioned by the Royal Opera House Youth Company, Opera Story, the English Heritage Lottery, and Tête à Tête Opera Festival and others.
Tom is the Artistic Director of Shadow Opera, creating unconventional productions of contemporary opera and songs and in 2018 he launched Stretto Music – a production music partnership with composer/pianist James Long.
English Touring Opera
Tom will join the award winning education department of English Touring Opera for a set of school workshops in the Lake District exploring Kurt Weil's The Silver Lake. Tom will work with the participants to help them create their own short operas responding to the thematic and musical content of Weil's moving and mysterious drama.
4-10 Aug 2019
Go Compose Inspire Day
As part of the education work Tom does with Sound and Music (the national organisation for new music) Tom is project managing this day course for young musicians to explore composing techniques using technology at The Purcell School. The course is run in collaboration with Community Music, a music production and venue in East London.
Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Youth Choir
The summer term saw the youth choir focus on music by contemporary composers and also work with Tom throughout the term to co-compose a new piece together. Given the starting point of "write a letter to your future self" the choir explored lyric and songwriting with Tom, finally creating the finished piece, Don't Grow Up, which they performed at the Summer Concert, 15 July.
5–12 Jan 2019
Tom joined the Britten Sinfonia Academy as conductor for a series of rehearsals in January, preparing the orchestra for a performance conducted by Sir Mark Elder. The repertoire included A Time There Was (Britten), Concert Romanesc (Ligeti) and Kamarikaya (Glinka) and it was impressive to see these talented musicians rise to the demands of this challenging music.
12 Dec 2018
Royal Greenwich and Blackheath
Halls Youth Choir
Having stepped in to conduct the choir for a concert in the summer, Tom joined the Senior Youth Choir as their regular conductor in September. This talented choir is made up of the most musically gifted young singers from across the borough. Tom recently conducted the choir for their Christmas concert at Blackheath Halls and future engagements include an opera gala in January and a concert in March.
Tom and James Long formed Stretto Studio, a production music company, in early 2018. Stretto Studio focuses on creating tracks which combine classical artistry with contemporary styles, writing music for commissioned briefs as well as creating tracks for a variety of music libraries.
5–11 Aug 2018
Sound and Music Summer School for young composers
Working as part-time Education Co-ordinator for Sound and Music (the national charity for new music) Tom delivers a series of a national education projects for young composers, including the Sound and Music Summer School at the Purcell School. As well as organising the Summer School with Head of Education Judith Robinson, Tom also worked as a Composition Tutor assisting visually impaired students with their composing, as well as giving composition support to other students throughout the week.
24 Jul – 2 Aug 2018
The Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company spent 2 weeks devising a new opera with Tom and Director Freya Wynne Jones which the company then performed at the Bridewell Theatre ( conductor: Tom Floyd, Piano: Ashley Beauchamp). Through a series of improvisation and devising sessions responding to the brief of “You, the children, wake up in a strange world with no adults” the youth company created a dramatic story, wrote the libretto, and worked with Tom to create a 30 minute, fully staged opera.
The Into Opera company reunited for an outdoor celebratory concert as part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival. The four schools who performed the premiere of Patrick Hawes’s youth opera came together for 2 weeks of rehearsals and workshops led by Tom before performing highlights from the opera as well as other pieces which the schools had been working on individually since the February premiere. The Into Opera Company were joined by played from the Norfolk Youth Orchestra, conducted by Tom Floyd.
Tom join Into Opera as Musical Director on their major opera and education project, A Kings Ransom - a 6 month project of opera rehearsals and workshops with 200 children from 4 schools in Norfolk. The participants went from knowing nearly nothing about opera, to performing a fully staged 2 act opera, accompanied by the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Tom Floyd. Beyond learning and staging the opera, this project gave participants weekly contact with a variety of creative professionals and the transformative effect of this was remarkable.
Tom worked as artistic director along with producers James Long and Sophie Goldrick creating Stop All the Clocks, a 3 night installation caught somewhere between a gig, an exhibition and a cabaret night. The project brought together opera singers, London young film-makers and cabaret artist Frieda Love and explored 20th century cabaret inspired classical songs in multimedia performances at the Bussey Building, Peckham.
LIST OF WORKS
The Days Dawns (2018, premiered by the Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company, commissioned by the Royal Opera House)
MICROmegas (2013, libretto by David Spittle, premiered by Shadow Opera at the Tête à Tête opera festival
The Shadow of The Wave [listen] (2011, libretto by Spittle. Premiered by Shadow Opera at The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, further performances at The Richard Burton Theatre, and the Tête à Tête opera festival in 2012)
Everybody’s Staring (2011, libretto by David Spittle, commissioned and premiered by the Tête à Tête festival)
The Officer (2010, libretto by David Spittle, collaborative aria project with Music Theatre Wales and WNO Max)
The Nightingale and The Rose [listen] (2009, libretto by David Spittle. Premiered by Shadow Opera at The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, further performances at The Richard Burton Theatre, Cardiff and Gloucester Cathedral)
Choral & Vocal
The Instinct of Hope (SATB) (2013, Premiered by The Blossom Street Singers)
Le Dormeur du Val [listen] (soprano and piano) (2013, comissioned and premiered by Rhiannon Llewellyn at the Royal Opera House)
Virgo Prudentissima (SSAATTBB), Salve Maria and Assumpta Est (2012, commissioned by the Liturgical Music Course)
If Ye Love Me (SSAATTBB) (2011, commissioned by Adrian Partington for Gloucester Cathedral)
Orchestral and Chamber works
Ulalume [listen] (2015, organ concerto, commissioned by St John's Hyde Park and the English Heritage Lottery for James O'Donnell)
Strange Stars (2015, for Oboe and Piano) commissioned and premiered by Emily Penn
Micro [listen] (2013, for wind orchestra, premiered by the Royal Academy of Music Symphonic Wind Orchestra)
Khnum's Wheel (2012, for Orchestra, premiered by the Royal Academy of Music symphony orchestra)
Aurora Borealis (2012, for four flutes and dancers) in collaboration with University of Roehampton
Dorian’s Variations (2012, for piano duet) premiered by duoDorT
From Nothing and Back (2011, for clarinet, harp, viola and cello) premiered by the Chroma Ensemble
Birth of Tragedy (2009, for string quartet and live electronics) premiered by The Arditti Quartet
Piano Trio (2008) premiered by the Erato Trio