Stratford College Lecturer is International Jazz Sensation…
Tom, 34, who has worked for the College’s music department since 2004, won both the International Composition Award and the Audience Award at the Brussels Jazz Orchestra International Composition Contest.
Tom’s composition ‘Whistleblower’ was shortlisted as one of four finalists from 78 entries spanning 26 countries. The finalists’ compositions were performed by the Oscar-winning Brussels Jazz orchestra who previously performed on the soundtrack to 2011 ‘Best Film’ winner The Artist.
Tom’s eight-minute winning entry, which took ten months to compose, was chosen by an international panel of judges including Grammy-nominated American Jazz producer and journalist Jeff Levenson.
Looking back on the event, Tom said “I feel very proud and honoured to have won these international awards. It was great to spend time with such a fantastic orchestra and a real privilege to have them play my own composition. I was told by an audience member that I looked like I was dancing while I was conducting the piece. All four finalists’ compositions were very different but I think it’s fair to say mine was the most fun!”
James Maiden – Head of Music commented: “It is great to have such talent within the College. We hope Tom’s success will really inspire our Music students to progress in their chosen career paths after college.”
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