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Thom Meredith

Thom Meredith began his involvement with music at an early age, singing with Leeds Youth Opera Group and then Leeds Youth Chorale. As a treble he performed many solo roles including the Shepherd Boy in Tosca (Opera North) and the boy soprano in George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children (Ballet Rambert). He studied singing with Jean Allister and then Arthur Reckless at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Thom graduated from Brasenose College, University of Oxford, where he was awarded an Exhibition as conductor of the Chapel choir. Following a PGCE qualification from the University of Leeds he taught Music in schools including four years as Head of Music at Colne Valley High School, Huddersfield.

 

Thom's career involvement with young musicians continued when he joined the staff of Kirklees Music School in September 1999 as Assistant Principal. He was appointed Principal in 2004 and has continued to champion the cause of young people's music making over the years. Thom formed and conducts the Kirklees Youth Symphony Orchestra whose recent performances have included Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto (with John Lill); Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man; Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1.

 

 

As Musical Director of Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, a position he has held since 1989, Thom has enabled the choir to achieve musical standards which have taken them to unrivalled records of success. They have twice won the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and in May 2007 won the International Male Voice Choir competition at the Male Voice Choral Festival in Cornwall.

 

In addition to his passion for conducting, Thom has established a reputation as a baritone soloist and an arranger of music for female, male and mixed voice choirs. He has taken solo bass/baritone roles in a wide variety of concerts, operas and oratorios including first performances of contemporary works. Recent performances include: Carl Orff's Carmina Burana; Stainer's Crucifixion; Brahms' A German Requiem, Handel's Messiah and the Requiems by Faure and Durufle. Thom has also recently released his first CD: Let Beauty Awake which features English Song Cycles by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth and Finzi.

 

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