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Tom developed a love of composing during his late teens and chose to focus his studies at University of Manchester on compositional techniques. He studied contemporary classical composition with Dr Camden Reeves, Prof. Philip Grange at University of Manchester and Prof. Adam Gorb and Gary Carpenter at RNCM. Since then, Tom has written for a number of the UK’s leading young chamber ensembles and soloists, his own projects and commercial clients in Classical/Jazz and Pop genres. He has been shortlisted for several Composition Prizes (Presteigne Festival, John Dankworth Prize, Bucharest Jazz Festvial composers prize) and has been commissioned for a number of large scale works including a recent commission by Howden Minster for the genre-fluid Taka Ensemble as part of their 2016 summer festival.

Watch this space: Tom’s piece Bamyili (origianlly written for Amy Dickson) which reached the final of the Presteigne Festival Composer’s Competition 2012, is soon to be released on Anthony Brown’s latest CD. Anthony is a Park Lane Group artist, and specialist in contemporary music for saxophone.


Scores for many of his Original works/arrangements are available for public performance by contacting Tom Thorp directly.

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Arrangements available include:

All is Quiet, Bob Mintzer – Solo Tenor Saxophone and String Orchestra

Fuzzy Bird Sonata, Takashi Yoshimatsu – Solo Alto Saxophone, Chamber Orchestra

Armistis: Popular Song’s of the Great War for The People’s History Museum – Children’s choir and piano

A Christmas Anthology – Saxophone Quartet

A Functions’ Anthology – String Quartet

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Commercial composition

Tom has produced a variety of musical content for commercial use. Ranging from Film/TV to theatrical score, from hold music to educational backing tracks.

Clients have included: Sainsbury’s, The BBC, Michael Hyde Associated Architect’s, AB Theatre Productions, One Education Trust.

He has recently started working with the Biblioteque Music Library  composing and recording bespoke commercial production music, available to license globally, exclusively through Biblioteque.

Please get in contact if you want to discuss studio produced or instrumental commercial briefs.


Sample Scores

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[vc_toggle title=”Bamyili”] Bamyili[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Figment of the imagination”]    Figment of the imagination[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Swat pg1″]     Swat [/vc_toggle]
[vc_toggle title=”Swat pg7″]     Swat7[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Two Verses”]     Two verses[/vc_toggle]
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Original Concert Works

Available for public performance

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Bamyili – Solo Soprano Saxophone (Flute arr. also available)

Chanson – Saxophone and String Quartet

Figments of the Imagination – Big Band (Standard line-up)

Hex – String Quartet

Seafarer (Collaboration with English Electric) – Saxophone and Tape

Miniatures for Saxophones – SATB plus SST and SSTB

Skips – Solo Bass Clarinet

Sonata in Primary Colours – Alto Saxophone, Piano, Cello

Swat – Clarinet and Piano

3 Textures for Clarinet Quintet – Clarinet and String Quartet

Two Verses – Mixed Choir and Saxophone Quartet

Whirl – Oboe and Marimba

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