At the age of 22 Tom Blomfield became joint Principal Oboe of the Philharmonia Orchestra. He was born in North Wales and studied at the Royal Academy of Music under Christopher Cowie and Ian Hardwick. Whilst studying, he was Principal Oboe in the RAM Soloists Ensemble recording of Mozart’s Serenade for 13 Winds on Linn Records. Tom regularly appears as a guest Principal with orchestras such as the London Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestras.
Tom will be joined on the night by Claire Alsop our outstanding accompanist for the series.
Claire studied music at Bristol University, during which time she was an Organ scholar at Bristol Cathedral. On graduating, Claire was appointed Organist of Cheltenham Ladies College, where she worked until 2001. She gained FRCO diploma in 2006, winning the Turpin Prize. Claire is assistant organist at St Mary Redcliffe Church and enjoys a range of music making including teaching, ABRSM examining, accompanying and solo work, and has broadcast live on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC 1.
Each event takes place in the Cresswell Theatre at Bristol Cathedral Choir School and starts at 5.30pm, with a short informal recital from the visiting artists. This is followed by an open masterclass until 8pm, in which advanced students perform and receive coaching, everyone is encouraged to watch.
There are 8 spaces available to be a performer within the masterclass and they must be of a standard of Grade 5 or above.
For further info please contact tom.taffinder[ATSIGN]bristolplaysmusic.org
On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon, and this means we’re changing too.
Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust, the charity that also runs the venue formerly known as Colston Hall. These two organisations will soon unite under one name: Bristol Beacon.
Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.