‘Here is a young composer who stands at the threshold of what promises to be an exciting career.’
John Rutter CBE, www.johnrutter.com
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Toby has had his works performed internationally across Europe, America and Asia, in such venues as Westminster Abbey, King’s College, Cambridge, St. John’s (Smith Square), the Royal College of Music, and the Wellcome Collection, London and by ensembles including The King’s Singers, Voces8, The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, The Aurora Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata, the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra, Chetham’s New Music Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain, and Inner Voices. He currently studies with Richard Causton; previous teachers and mentors have included Dr. Jeremy Pike, Dr. Gavin Wayte, Graham Ross, James Olsen and Patrick Brennan. His works receive frequent broadcast on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. His setting of Henry van Dyke’s Master of Music featured on The King’s Singers’ 50th Anniversary triple-disc, GOLD (Decca), receiving high praise in reviews from The Times and BBC Radio 3 Record Review. You can listen to this if you have a Spotify® account: The King’s Singers’ 50th Anniversary. Other commissions have included the Aurora Orchestra and Portsmouth High School.
Recent competition successes include the inaugural Voces8/VCM Foundation Composition Competition (2018), which Toby won with a setting of Lord Byron’s She Walks in Beauty; in May 2018, he took first prize in the Flos Carmeli International Composition Competition, for his setting of the Maltese Marian antiphon text of the same name. Toby was named a Senior Category Winner in the BBC Proms Inspire: Young Composers’ Competition, for his setting of Christina Rossetti’s sonnet, After Death. His Recollections, for Violin and ‘Cello, was commissioned and performed by members of the Aurora Orchestra at the Wellcome Collection, London, and broadcast live on BBC R3 during their ‘Why Music’ weekend residence in September 2015. The same year, he won the 18-and-under category of the ‘A Carol for Christmas’ competition, organised by the King’s Singers for his setting of Videntes Stellam; this was recorded by the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain, and Inner Voices, and was broadcast on Classic FM on Christmas Day, 2015.
// arranger //
As well as being a composer, Toby is a proficient arranger. He has worked on arrangements of Musical Theatre numbers, chart songs, classical works, and is adept at medley writing. His arrangement skills stretch to orchestration too – in 2015 he produced the orchestration for an Australian Musical by Mathew Frank and Dean Bryant, entitled The Silver Donkey, which received its UK Premier at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. He has also produced orchestral adaptations of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
Toby is an accomplished user of Logic, and produces sequenced backing tracks for arrangements. He uses samples by East West/Quantum Leap.
To contact Toby about producing a bespoke arrangement, or to request a sample of his work, please fill out the enquiry form on the Contact page.