Tom grew up in North Wales where he began learning the Oboe aged 10
He studied at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music where he was taught by Rachael Pankhurst and was a member of both the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for a number of years.
Tom graduated from the Academy in the summer of 2017 shortly before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra as their new Joint Principal Oboe just a couple of months later at the age of 22. While at the Academy he studied with his predecessor at the Philharmonia, Christopher Cowie and London Philharmonic principal Ian Hardwick. He undertook his role as an oboe professor at the Academy after only one year following completion of his studies.
Tom’s career, outside of the Philharmonia, has led him to play Principal Oboe with almost all professional symphony orchestras in the UK including The London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Aurora Orchestra and can be heard on many film and commercial soundtracks. He regularly plays and tours with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom he has travelled to America and all over Europe.
At the beginning of 2020, Tom made his professional concerto debut as soloist with the Philharmonia and principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen in Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto. His performance at the Royal Festival Hall earned him widespread praise from numerous arts critics, citing the beginnings of a fruitful future solo career.