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 with orchestras and ensembles such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort and Players and Carl Rosa Opera, 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 Competiton and appointed an Associate of the RAM in 2010. Recent collaborations include performances with Stephen Hough, Emma Johnson, Robert Murray Ray Chen, Sarah-Jane Bradley and Pip Eastop.
“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)
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, the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Exposé, Studiya Novoi Muzyki, Distractfold Ensemble, Explore Ensemble, and many others. As recording engineer his work ranges from discs by period ensembles such as Boxwood and Brass and the Prince Regent’s Band to contemporary music such as flautist Richard Craig’s solo and ensemble recordings.