Toby is an aspiring conductor, having discovered his passion for the practice through his own compositions. He has conducted a wide range of ensembles, from small chamber groups to full Symphony Orchestra, and in venues that include Westminster Abbey, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Manchester Cathedral, and Chetham’s School of Music; next season, he will conduct and direct the Cambridge University Music Society (CUMS) Concert Orchestra (CUMS CO), having been awarded 2nd Prize in the CUMS Conducting Competition.
In his final year at Chetham’s, he co-founded and directed ‘Chetham’s Chorale’, and conducted them in a number of services in Manchester Cathedral, receiving great praise.
Toby has conducted the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra, the Chetham’s New Music Ensemble and Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra; in Feburary 2016, he conducted the Clare College Music Society Orchestra and Chorus in a rare performance of Hummel’s Cantate pour le marriage de leurs majesties l’empereur des Français et Marie-Louise d’Autriche.
Toby also has experience as a Musical Director in theatre. In 2015 Toby was fortunate enough to receive the opportunity to produce the orchestration for and conduct the UK Premiere of an Australian Musical by Mathew Frank and Dean Bryant entitled ‘The Silver Donkey’, adapted from a novel by Sonya Hartnett, which ran at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. In 2013, he was Musical Director on a sell-out production of Les Miserables with Peterborough’s award-winning Youth Theatre Company, and the following year produced a successful re-orchestration of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.