We are absolutely thrilled with the news that our very own Tom Blomfield has been appointed joint principal at The Philharmonia Orchestra where he will share the position of Principal Oboe with Gordon Hunt.
In addition to playing with London Firebird Orchestra, Tom has played as principal oboe in a number of projects with the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra with Edward Gardner, Oliver Knussen and Sir Mark Elder. In his second year at the RAM, Tom was selected to play principal oboe in the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble with Trevor Pinnock, in a project that culminated in a release on Linn Records of Mozart’s Serenade for 13 Winds in B Flat.
Originally from North Wales, in 2012 Tom became the Gregynog Young Musician and Chester Young musician, gaving solo recitals at the Machynlleth and Tenby music festivals and at the Wesley Chapel in Chester. In the same year, he appeared as soloist in the Vaughan Williams and Boughton oboe concertos.
Tom has appeared as guest principal oboe with the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru. At the age of 22, Tom joins the Philharmonia in September 2017.
“We are delighted that Tom is joining the Philharmonia Orchestra. The members were hugely impressed with Tom’s performances with the Orchestra, and we look forward to welcoming him.”
– Kira Doherty, Chair of the Philharmonia Orchestra
Tom has also been involved in various Firebird outreach projects including the wind quintet workshop project performing and recording student compositions at Middlesex University in 2016
Make sure you have the dates in your diary for the London Firebird Orchestra’s 2017-18 concert series.