Tom Harrold


Scottish composer Tom Harrold (b.1991) is a recent graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was a Radcliffe Trust Scholar under the tutelage of Professors Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and Dr David Horne. 

Described as "brazen...bold...confident" [The Guardian], "thumpingly rhythmical" [The Financial Times], and "packed with incessant energy" [The Scotsman], Tom’s music has been performed across five continents at venues which include the Royal Albert, Berlin Philharmonic, Cadogan, Queen Elizabeth, and Bridgewater Halls, the Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Kings Place, the Purcell Room, and St John’s Smith Square by groups which include the BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Scottish Chamber, Aurora, and Birmingham Festival Orchestras, WorldBrass, Onyx Brass, SuperBrass, National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, Total Brass, Manchester Camerata, the Edinburgh Quartet, the Maxwell Quartet, Psappha, the Lancashire Sinfonietta, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Endymion Ensemble, Trinity Boys Choir, the BBC Singers, and Exaudi. His music has been recorded by Linn Records, Polyphonic and Bayerischer Rundfunk, and broadcast internationally across many networks.

Tom’s recent engagements include a European tour of Skirll by WorldBrass (which included a repeat performance at the Berlin Philharmonie), Silent Shores for the Edinburgh Quartet, Darkened Dreams (a Proms commission that was broadcast live simultaneously on Radios 3 and 4), Nightfires, a BBC SSO commission that was described as "among the most exciting pieces by a Scottish composer in the last 25 years" [the Herald], and Raze, which opened the last night of the BBC Proms.

Tom’s upcoming project include a new work for the BBC Singers and Pro Coro Canada, a new work for and residency with the Edinburgh Quartet, and a commission for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's 2017/18 season.

Tom graduated from the RNCM with a Bachelor with Honours in 2013, and a Masters with Distinction in 2015. He was awarded the Soroptomist International for Composers Award and an RNCM Gold Medal, the highest award bestowed by the College. Tom is grateful to have received sponsorship from Dewar Arts Awards, the Scottish International Education Trust, the RVW Trust, Caird Travelling Scholarships, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and the Cross Trust during his studies. Tom is an Honorary Associate Artist of the College.

Prior to the RNCM, Tom was a BBC Proms / Guardian Young Composer winner, shortlisted twice by the NCEM / BBC Radio 3 Young Composers' Award, and highly commended in the First International Competition for Choral Scores (ISCM / EC / JMI).

Tom also broke a Guinness World Record for his work Ticcatoccatina, for the greatest number of musicians performing on one piano at one time. 


Matt Eachus

United Kingdom