Tom Primrose

Tom Primrose is a British accompanist, conductor and coach based in London, but working all over the UK and Europe.  

He studied at Oxford University and then graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of

Music where he studied with Michael Dussek and Malcolm Martineau.  He was also Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir at Norwich Cathedral. As an accompanist he has won several prizes, including the Webb Award for Piano Accompaniment at the Richard Lewis Competition, the Dennis Horner Accompanist’s Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Accompanist Prizes at the Rosenblatt Competition, the Major Van Someren-Godfery English Song Competition, and the Alfred Knight Prize. He also received a Musicians Benevolent Fund Performance Award and was supported at the Academy by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Past engagements include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Vinterfestspiel in Norway, Northern Chords Festival, Coulston Hall, and the Sage Gateshead. He has also featured a number of times on BBC radio and television, including a live recital of Britten and Poulenc and a number of appearances on "In Tune".  He has collaborated with a number of singers and instrumentalists including Ben Johnson, Susanna Hurrell, Christina Gansch (who he accompanied to her 2014 Ferrier win), Jonathan McGovern, Javier Camarena, Corrine Winter, Sarah-Jane Davies, Rosie Aldridge, Ed Ballard, Richard Dowling, Henry Neill, Tim Morgan, Nick Pritchard, Rupert Enticknap, Clare Presland, Eloisa-Fleur Thom, Jennifer Pike, Brian O’Kane, Jonathan Bloxham, Claire Barnett-Jones, Emily Garland, and Bozidar Smiljanic, among many others.

As a conductor he has performed all over Europe, particularly in Italy and Scandinavia, and his ensembles have been broadcast both in the UK and abroad. He works as a chorus master, and has prepared choirs for Yan Pascal Tortellier, David Parry, Sharon Choa and others.  Tom is director of the Symphony Chorus and the Chamber Choir at the University of East Anglia, Director of Music at St John’s Notting Hill, and Assistant Director of Music at St Luke’s Chelsea.  This summer he worked as part of the music staff at the Grange Festival’s inaugural season on Carmen and Mansfield Park.  Tom is also the Artistic Co-Director of the Southrepps Music Festival, a project he founded in 2010 with tenor Ben Johnson, since which it has grown into a festival of great critical acclaim, attracting audiences and first-class artists from all over the world.