Tom Coult is a London-born composer. His playful and seductive music has been championed by many of the UK’s major orchestras and ensembles, and in 2021 he was made Composer-in-Association with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

His first opera, Violet, with text by Alice Birch, premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2022. Described by The Telegraph as ‘the best new British opera in years’, it has earned further productions in France and Germany.

His large-scale pieces have included: Pleasure Garden, a concerto for violinist Daniel Pioro and the BBC Philharmonic (revived with the London Philharmonic Orchestra); Beautiful Caged Thing for soprano Claire Booth and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; and St John’s Dance, premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra to open the First Night of the 2017 BBC Proms.

He has enjoyed further associations with ensembles such as Britten Sinfonia and London Sinfonietta (who premiered Spirit of the Staircase, nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award), and in 2022 was Composer-in-Residence at Switzerland’s Musikdorf Ernen Festival.