Tom Floyd is a composer/conductor who writes mainly for the stage. He has been commissioned by the Royal Opera House Youth Company, Opera Story, the English Heritage Lottery, Shadow Opera and Tete a Tete Opera Festival and others.
The majority of Tom's work as a composer has a theatrical element. The most obvious examples are the chamber operas The Nightingale and The Rose, The Shadow of the Wave, MICROmegas and Snow, but even beyond opera his music often takes inspiration from theatrical and dramatic starting points. Many of his pieces are inspired by narrative poetry such as Ulalume (an Organ Concerto written for James O’Donnell, commissioned by St John's Hyde Park and the English Heritage Lottery) inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic poem of the same name.
As a conductor Tom works choirs, orchestras and opera, regularly conducting his own work. Recent conducting engagements include conducting the Britten Sinfonia Academy, The Day Dawns (ROH Youth Opera Company), the world premiere of Patrick Hawes's children opera, A King's Ransom (Into Opera and the Britten Sinfonia) and the premier of Ulalume. Other engagements include Assistant Conductor for Neville Holt Opera (Magic Flute, 2013).
Tom works extensively in music education both delivering educational projects for companies including the Royal Opera House, Sound and Music, English Touring Opera, Blackheath Halls, Welsh National Opera Max, Into Opera (with Britten Sinfonia), and the Royal Academy of Music. He is also a trustee of the charity, Apollo Music Projects.
Born and bred in Devon, Tom attended the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama studying composition (prizes include Principal’s Award for Music and the Erwin Thomas Scholarship Prize before then going on to study at the Royal Academy of Music (prizes include Charles Lucas Memorial Prize and Evans Senior Scholarship Prize). Tom was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal in 2011.