‘Here is a young composer who stands at the threshold of what promises to be an exciting career.’
John Rutter CBE, www.johnrutter.com
Composition plays a huge part in Toby’s life, and he continues to study it at Cambridge; his music is published by Edition Peters (www.edition-peters.com). His works have been performed in such venues as Westminster Abbey, King’s College, Cambridge, Peterborough Cathedral, the Royal College of Music, and the Wellcome Collection, London by ensembles including 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, Inner Voices, and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. His works have been broadcast on Classic FM and Radio 3. He has just completed a brand new commission from the King’s Singers, in partnership with Edition Peters, and is working on an exciting new work for Portsmouth High School for Girls.
His recent works include a Piano Concerto, and a challenging Prelude and Fugue for Orchestra. His favourite composers and influences include Sergei Rachmaninov, William Matthias, and Henrky Gorecki.
Toby is a registered member of PRS for Music. (www.prsformusic.com )
Toby won first prize in his category in the 2012 EPTA UK Composition Competition, and in 2013 was commissioned to compose his ‘Paraphrase on the National Anthem of Sri Lanka’, performed in Westminster Abbey by the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra in March 2013 at the Commonwealth Observance Day Service. Toby later represented Chetham’s on an outreach trip to Sri Lanka with ‘The Commonwealth Resounds’, taking part in music workshops in schools and orphanages across the country.
In 2015, 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. As a result of this, he received a broadcast of his work on BBC Radio 3, and a commission from the renowned ‘Aurora Orchestra’. The resulting piece, Recollections, for Violin and ‘Cello, was performed 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. His setting of Videntes Stellam was workshopped and recorded in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, and recorded by the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain, and Inner Voices. It was later broadcast on Classic FM on Christmas Day, 2015, and subsequently published by Edition Peters.