Musical Director

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

After studies at Durham University and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, British conductor Tom has established a successful freelance career in the UK.

As well as his position with BMS, Tom is currently Music Director of Salford Choral Society and Leeds Youth Opera and is the Artistic Director of Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra.

Tom founded Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra in early 2014 to give aspiring professional musicians and conductors the opportunity to play a wide range of repertoire in a high quality ensemble, helping to bridge the gap between a player’s studies and professional orchestras. The Orchestra has now established a very busy schedule each year, with a large-scale Symphony Orchestra project at its community hub in Harpurhey in North Manchester, a very active education department where it delivers the music curriculum at two primary schools in Lancashire and runs two community choirs in North Manchester. The Orchestra has also developed the ‘Young Explorers’ family series, which it delivers in collaboration with the RNCM.

Aside from this, Tom has a particular passion for Opera. Recent highlights have included Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, A Masked Ball and The Turn of the Screw with Leeds Youth Opera, Così fanTutte with Flatpack Music, Die Fledermaus with Fulham Opera and the premières of two new monodramas with Manchester Opera Project.

Tom has also been a conductor for Leeds College of Music, working with their Wind Ensemble for the past two seasons. In the 2018 he will return to conduct their opera. As a Guest Conductor, Tom has worked with Wilmslow and Bolton Symphony Orchestras and Gorton and Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestras.

Tom has a passion for music education and has worked on a number of outreach projects, including The Big Sing for Opera North and Blackburn Cathedral’s Sing Together project.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include Verdi’s Requiem and Messiah with Salford Choral Society; Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light and  Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Blackburn Music Society; La Bohème with Leeds Youth Opera; Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 and Copland’s Appalachian Spring with Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra.