Musical Director - Tom Horn

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Tom Horn started playing the violin at the age of four and gained experience with many youth and amateur orchestras in Kent, Guernsey and London. It was leading the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and studying under such conductors as Thomas Sanderling and Leif Segerstam he realised his passion for the art of conducting.

Whilst studying Music with Acoustics at Southampton University he became Leader and Assistant Conductor of both the Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta and set up his own Concerto Orchestra to conduct. He has studied under Peter Stark, Richard Dickens, Peter Ash and Robin Browning; taken part in a masterclass with Philip Ellis on Beethoven’ 5th Symphony; competed in the Cadaques International Conducting Competition; and studied with Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Denise Ham and Toby Purser on the George Hurst Conductors' Course at the Sherborne (formerly Canford) Summer Music School.

After graduating, Tom became conductor of Aylesbury Youth Orchestra and has performed regularly at the ‘Music for Youth’ finals in Birmingham Symphony Hall. He is Leader and Assistant conductor of the Haslemere Music Society, which provides opportunity for him to both perform and conduct major symphonic & operatic works. He founded the Charity Symphony Orchestra in 2006 with whom he still has a close relationship, working on projects like the Haydathon and Beethovathon (performing all symphonies in a weekend).

Tom has participated in a workshop with Freddie Kempf and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra while working as Guest Conductor with Surrey County Youth Orchestra. He works as guest conductor with the Trinity Camerata and High Wycombe Youth Orchestra and has also had engagements with the St. Alban’s Symphony Orchestra, Bridgenorth Symphonia, London Repertoire Orchestra, Woking Chamber Orchestra and Didcot & Wallingford Symphony orchestra.

As well as being Musical Director of the Pelly Concert Orchestra he is also Musical Director of the Buckinghamshire County Youth Orchestra with whom he performed in the Royal Albert Hall last year. He has also recently set up a new Orchestra in his hometown of Marlow performing in local pubs and other unique pop up venues around town. During the summer months he conducts the Sinfonietta on the New London Music School course and works on the Garsington Youth Opera course. He is looking forward to conducting the Guernsey Camerata in early 2017 and working with the Pelly during this milestone season!

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