Musical Director

Tom Newall joined Blackburn Music Society as Musical Director in January 2013.

Born in 1986,  Tom  trained at Durham University and at the Royal Northern College of Music. 

Over the past ten years, Tom has held Principal Conductor positions with a variety of ensembles, including Durham University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra, and Warrington Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Music Director for Leeds Youth Opera as well as BMS and Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra.

Tom is also active as a guest conductor, and has recently worked with ensembles including Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra, North Cheshire Wind Orchestra, and Sedbergh Orchestra. He also conducted Manchester Camerata as part of the culmination of his Master’s Degree.

Other commitments include running a choir at sea on board mv Voyager with Voyages of Discovery on trips to the Carribean and Asia. In 2012, Tom was invited to be an artist delivering workshops as part of an international conference for the chemical firm Brenntag.

In September 2013, Tom founded a new symphony orchestra based in Manchester, Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, providing performance opportunities for emerging professional musicians. PSO has also developed an extensive outreach programme in the Collyhurst community in North Manchester.

Highlights of the 2016/7 season for Tom include family concerts at the RNCM for their ‘Young Explorers’ series, Die Fledermaus with Fulham Opera, The Turn of the Screw and Un Ballo in Maschera with Leeds Youth Opera, Mozart’s ‘Great’ Mass in C minor with Salford Choral Society, Duruflé‘s Requiem and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius for Blackburn Music Society, and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 and Stravinsky The Firebird with Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra.