After being selected by Sir Charles Mackerras to be the first Junior Fellow in conducting at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2006-08), Tom Hammond has developed a rich and musically diverse career that encompasses working with top-flight professionals, youth orchestras, non-professional musicians, and leading education and outreach projects.
Winning awards and critical acclaim en route, Tom has built a reputation for developing ensembles musically and artistically whilst encouraging thoughtful programming, championing new music and developing relationships with outstanding soloists. In 2011 Tom was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, in recognition of his achievements in conducting.
Projects in 2015-16 included a performance of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Stephen Hough and the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia at Leeds Town Hall; a semi-staged performance of Sibelius' music for The Tempest with actor Scott Brooksbank and director Peter Avery; presenting MusicUpClose for sound collective at the Winchester Science Festival, and the launch of the Hertfordshire Festival of Music - which he jointly founded with composer James Francis Brown.
Tom Hammond is Co-Artistic Director of sound collective and Music Director of the Essex Symphony Orchestra, Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Tamesa and - from 2016 - the St Albans Symphony Orchestra.
He is also a Principal Conductor at the Ingenium Academy International Summer School, Guest Conductor of the Palestine Youth Orchestra, and Music Director of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia. This season he makes his debut with the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra.
Soloists with whom Tom has collaborated with in recent seasons include
Simon Callaghan (piano), Emma Halnan (flute), Anna Harvey (mezzo soprano), Fenella Humphreys (violin), Robert Murray (tenor) Daniel Pailthorpe (flute) and Matthew Sharp (cello).
Born in Clermont-Ferrand (France), acclaimed young conductor Nicolas Nebout enjoys sharing his passion for music without boundaries and developing a close relationship with the performers he works with.
While Nicolas' musical life started as a cellist, musicologist and conductor, he has already shown a great conducting personality with charisma, technical prowess, and artistic open-mindedness. His performances are renowned for a powerful expression, a deep sensitivity, and a "rare sense of the musical phrase", driven "beautifully by a poetic gesture".
Nicolas recently met and worked with renowned conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, Alexander Vedernikov, Marin Alsop and Thomas Adès. While working regularly with various orchestras like the London City Orchestra, Dulwich Symphony Orchestra and Essex Symphony Orchestra, he is Principal Guest conductor at Sinfonia Tamesa and guest conductor at British Police Symphony Orchestra and City of Southampton Orchestra.
In November 2015, he conducted a fundraising concert at St James's Piccadilly in aid of UNICEF Syria Children Appeal with a selection of some of the finest musicians in the UK (from orchestras such as the LSO, LPO, Philharmonia, BBC Phil & Britten Sinfonia) and the internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly.
His last collaboration with Sinfonia Tamesa was a Russian programme including Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and Shostakovich's Symphony No.9 in March 2016 at Holy Trinity Church (London).