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Toby discovered his passion for conducting through his own compositions. He has conducted a wide range of ensembles, from chamber groups to symphony orchestras, in venues that include The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Westminster Abbey, Manchester Cathedral, and West Road Concert Hall, and the Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge; he has been three times a prize-winner in the Cambridge University Music Society (CUMS) conducting competition, taking second prizes in both 2016 and 2017, and first prize in 2018 – for which he has been named CUMS Conducting Scholar for the 2018-19 season. He conducted the CUMS Concert Orchestra throughout the 2016-17 season; in the 2017-18 season he made an appearance with the Cambridge University Sinfonia (CUS), as well as working as an assistant to both Natalia Luis-Bassa and Ben Gernon.
Toby receives regular conducting tuition from David Hill (The BBC Singers, The Bach Choir) and has participated in masterclasses with such esteemed figures as Sir Mark Elder, Nicholas Cleobury, Sian Edwards and Paul Mann. In the 2018-19 season, he looks forward to working once again with the CUS, on Shostakovich’s 1st Symphony, and Brahms’ 1st Piano Concerto with the esteemed pianist Yuanfan Yang. He will also assist Duncan Ward, Ryan Wigglesworth and Graham Ross.
In February 2018, he conducted Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, and Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto (with world-renowned Rachmaninov champion, Masayuki Tayama, as soloist) to a sold-out Trinity College Chapel, receiving a double standing ovation.
In 2016 he was fortunate to receive the chance to work alongside Sir Mark Elder as part of preparations for a performance of Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Royal Festival Hall, given by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a star-studded cast. Equally comfortable conducting contemporary music, he frequently conducts world premieres of student compositions, and recently gave the UK premiere of renowned Hungarian composer Iván Fischer’s Eine Deutsch-Jiddische Kantate. By contrast, he also gave the UK premiere of Johann Neopmuk Hummel’s Cantate pour le marriage de leurs majesties l’empereur des Français et Marie-Louise d’Autriche, with the Clare College Music Society Orchestra and Chorus.
Toby has conducted and worked with the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra, the Chetham’s New Music Ensemble and Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, CUMS Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, the Cambridge University Sinfonia, and the Salomon Orchestra. Recent repertoire highlights include Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Mendelssohn’s 5th Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, both Brahms Piano Concerti, Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto, and Mozart’s Requiem.