The premiere of the Surrey Brass commission "Concorde", by Rob Davies, was conducted by Tom Hammond, who is the first Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellow in conducting at Trinity College of Music, London, and has conducted many World and British premieres including Vagn Holmboe's 'Prelude to a Living Stone' and Matthew Taylor's 'Symphony No.3'.
Prior to the premiere, Tom said “I am always excited about the prospect of working on World Premieres, this piece has the added attraction of playing at Brooklands in the shadow of Concorde. Although Rob's piece has its technical challenges for the group I think it will be exhilarating for the audience”.
Tom Hammond was chosen in 2005 by Finnish Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen as one of only twenty conductors world-wide to participate in the Sibelius International Conductor’s Competition in Helsinki, offering the opportunity to work with the Finnish Radio Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras and conducting some of the most challenging works in the repertoire.
Engagements at Trinity College of Music include associate conductor for the summer production of Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmelites and a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Zaide at St. John’s, Smith Square in November. Engagements in 2007 include Elgar’s epic Symphony No. 2 with the City of Southampton Symphony Orchestra, and with Tom’s professional ensemble sound collective, a recording of Luke Anthony’s Saxophone Concerto and performances of Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat. For Tom's latest activities, please visit Tom Hammond's website.
Sadly Tom passed away unexpectedly at a very young age. Surrey Brass marked his passing: