BMus (Hons) LRAM, ARAM
Tom Hammond pursued an orchestral, chamber and theatre music career for a decade before turning to conducting full-time. He trained at London's Royal Academy of Music and performed as a trombonist and sackbut player with orchestras and ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort and Players and at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. In 2006 Tom was appointed by Sir Charles Mackerras as the first Fellow in Conducting at Trinity Laban, and since that time Tom has gone on on to conduct a huge repertoire of orchestral, operatic and choral repertoire. He was a prize-winner at the 2009 Leeds Conductors’ Competition and appointed an Associate of the RAM in 2010. Recent collaborations include performances with Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough, Emma Johnson, Robert Murray, Ray Chen, Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Ben Goldscheider.
“Tom is a first-rate, experienced and professional musician. He has excellent judgment, very well attuned ears and a deep-seated musical sensibility.” (Bernard Hughes)
BMus (Hons), BA, MMus, PhD
In addition to his work as a recording engineer, John Croft is a composer and music academic. His work has been performed by soloists and ensembles around the world, including the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Exposé, Distractfold Ensemble, Explore Ensemble, and many others. As recording engineer his work appears on a range of labels in including Resonus Classics, First Hand Records, and Métier, and ranges from solo recordings (including discs by gambist Ibrahim Aziz and saxophonist Dominic Childs) to CDs by period ensembles such as Boxwood and Brass and the Prince Regent’s Band.
“The sound, engineered and mastered by John Croft, is lovely throughout.” Gramophone
“John Croft[’s] skill in assembling ensemble and voice in a way that sounds natural and “live” is at times almost miraculous.” Bernard Hughes, The Arts Desk