composer // lecturer // Guinness World Record Breaker
Tom Harrold has been writing music for two decades. His music is heard at concert halls, on stages and in television and radio programmes across the globe. He has amongst the most diverse portfolios on the music scene today: his latest works include music for Birmingham Royal Ballet, the BBC Proms and ITV’s “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here”.
Tom’s music has been performed and commissioned by ensembles which include the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras at venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall. In 2016 his orchestral piece Raze opened the Last Night of the Proms. He is one of the only composers to have a piece broadcast live simultaneously on BBC Radios 3 and 4. He won his Guinness World Record in 2014.
"...among the most exciting pieces I’ve heard from a Scottish composer in the last 25 years"
"[Nightfires] is bold orchestral writing, confident enough to use the brightest of colours and the chunkiest of rhythms"
"Raze proved a flamboyant curtain-raiser...boisterous, rhythmically intricate, played with winning enthusiasm"
"Harrold’s writing is precise and clean-textured, yet he imbues the work with a dazzling warmth and emotive density."
"Raze had a pounding energy driving its low, insistent string fragments..."
The Financial Times