Thomas Payne

Chorus Master

Thomas is quickly gaining a reputation as a prolific conductor across many genres. Recently appointed as Chorus Master for Tristan and Isolde and Fidelio at Longborough Festival Opera in 2017, Thomas was also Assistant Conductor for British Youth Opera's 2016 season, conducting the Southbank Sinfonia in Malcolm Williamson's English Eccentrics.

Other operatic highlights include his own productions of Don Giovanni, Hansel and Gretel, Acis and Galatea and Dido and Aeneas as well as scenes from many Britten operas such as Peter Grimes, The Turn of the Screw, Albert Herring, The Rape of Lucretia and Owen Wingrave.

Currently Thomas is Musical Director for Leamington Sinfonia, Ludlow Orchestra and Shrewsbury Cantata Choir as well as Co-Conductor for Hereford String Orchestra. He enjoys a busy guest conducting career with other orchestras such as Sinfonia of Birmingham, the Salomon Orchestra and Neue Streicher Wien.

In the world of ballet Thomas was recently cover conductor with Birmingham Royal Ballet for The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall and has also been Assistant Conductor on productions of The Nutcracker, Enigma Variations and The King Dances. The latter was recorded for BBC Four as part of their series on Louis XIV.