British conductor Tom Newall has established a successful freelance career in the UK, and his works spans a wide variety of genres and styles.
Tom has been Music Director of Salford Choral Society since 2016. With them he has conducted many works from the choral repertoire. During the Covid-19 pandemic Tom and the choir produced an entire season of rehearsals virtually, with six concerts, ending with an extensive ‘park sing’ project.
Tom has previously held the Music Director post at Blackburn Music Society and has regularly guest conducted Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies. In September 2021, he was appointed Music Director of Congleton Choral Society.
Tom founded Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra in 2014 to give young professional musicians experience in a high-quality ensemble, helping to bridge the gap between a player’s studies and professional orchestras. The orchestra has established a busy schedule, with large-scale Symphony Orchestra projects.
As an orchestral conductor, Tom also works regularly as a guest conductor with many orchestras in the north, with Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, Bolton Symphony Orchestra and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra and with students at the RNCM and at the Leeds Conservatoire. He is the conductor for the ‘Young Explorers’ concert series for the RNCM.
Tom also has a particular passion for Opera. In Summer 2018, he made his debut at Buxton International Festival. Other recent highlights have included Macbeth, La Bohème, The Magic Flute, A Masked Ball and The Turn of the Screw with Leeds Youth Opera, Cosi fan Tutte with Flatpack Music, Die Fledermaus with Fulham Opera and two premieres with Manchester Opera Project.
Tom is very dedicated to music education and has worked on a number of outreach projects for Blackburn Cathedral and Opera North. Highlights of recent seasons include a world premiere with Salford Choral Society and a newly commissioned opera-oratorio for Buxton International Festival. He is currently working on a number of community-based composition projects with Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra.