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Photo: Sebastian Charlesworth

Thomas Coltman

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Wie Todesahnung: Wolfram's Aria from Tannhäuser (Wagner)

Laurence Davies Memorial Prize for Most Outstanding Pianist (2008)

Bmus Academic Award (2006)

Competitions

Thelma King Accompanists Awards (2011)

Bmus (hons) - 1st Class
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
2004–2008

Thomas began making music on the violin, tenor horn, trumpet, piano and cello. After a year pursuing a career as a professional chef he continued his solo piano studies at the RWCMD with Yekaterina Lebedeva complemented by further studies in chamber music, accompaniment, fortepiano and harpsichord, performing with all the college ensembles and graduating with first class honours, gaining the Bmus Award for academic success and the Lawrence Davies Memorial Award for the most outstanding pianist. Whilst at the RWCMD he participated in master classes with Helmut Deutsch, Vanessa Latarche, Nicholai Sivelov, and Rachel Podger, studying with Andrew Ball at the RCM, as well as being chosen to perform in a 2007 Cardiff Singer of the World Song Accompaniment Master Class with Helmut Deutsch and Messiaen’s Quatour Pour La Fin Du Temps in the Yehudi Menuhin Competition Festival 2008.

He has performed extensively as a soloist and accompanist in recital for members of the Royal Family, European and African ambassadors and engagements throughout the UK including Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, The London Handel House as well as tours in France, Poland, Lithuania and Spain. Thomas was a Britten Pears Young Artist studying with Christian Gehar and Gerald Huber, won the Thelma King Pianists Award at the Guildhall in Bath and has been concerto soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Thomas has worked as an accompanist at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music, BBC Young Musician of the Year, BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year, Benslow Music Trust and Kingston Music Festival as well as coaching at The Centre for Young Musicians, Ealing Junior Music School and taught singing, piano and musicianship at Burntwood Girls School, St Martin’s-in-the-Field School, Cardinal Vaughan School, St Mary’s School Hampstead and City LIT. In addition he has worked as accompanist and assistant for leading members of the British Voice Association and Estill Method practitioners. He was Director of Voice at the European Youth Summer Music Programme and has been a member of music staff with New London Music Society Summer School, The Company Musical Theatre Group at the Lowry Theatre Manchester (Jason Robert-Brown “Parade” Aug ’11, Loesser “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” Aug ’13, Matthew Sklar “The Wedding Singer” Aug ’14) and at the Barcelona International Singing Week.

He has been musical director, pianist and vocal advisor for numerous community opera projects, full musical theatre productions and choral society workshops around the UK including leading complete performances of L’Elisir D’Amore and Carmen and initiatives supporting survivors of stroke in singing. In 2011 he was appointed Deputy Musical Director to the London Gay Men’s Chorus and was also Musical Director of Diversity Chamber Choir, a Vocal Tutor at Morley College, London and deputy singing teacher at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama BA acting course. Venues Thomas has conducted at include Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeths Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Roundhouse, St Paul’s Cathedral, Belfast Grand Opera House, Dublin City Hall and the De le Warr Pavilion.

As a Bass he sang in choruses and international consorts performing in various major concert halls and in recordings for BBC and Naxos. He now devotes himself to continued vocal studies with Nelly Miriciou and work as a Baritone soloist in opera, oratorio and recital.

Oratorio solo performances include Bach B minor Mass, ST John’s Passion and Magnificat, Mozart Requiem, Mass in C minor and The Solemn Vespers k.339, Haydn Nelson Mass, The Creation and The Seasons, Faure Requiem, Handel Messiah, Israel in Egypt and Samson, Stainer Crucifixion, Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Noel. He was previously Bass Soloist at Westminster Central Hall featuring in services, BBC radio broadcasts and music gala’s (“Novello and friends” “Opera and Oratorio”), guest soloist at Westminster Abbey and has sung as soloist with RCM Baroque Ensemble. Recent recitals include Bloomsbury Baptist Church and St Pancras Church, London and preparing Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Malcolm Martineau at Oxenfoorde International Summer School.

Opera experience includes chorus for British Youth Opera and Grange Park Opera where he also performed role of a Servant (Capriccio) and in July 2012 made his title role debut in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Rhosygilwen Summer Opera. He has also sung ‘Peter - The Father’ Hansel and Gretel for Outreach Opera and ‘Samuel’ and “Sargent’ Pirates of Penzance, ‘El Dancairo’ and ‘Morales’ Carmen for Dartington International Summer School. For 2 seasons from 2016-2017 he sang in the chorus of Glyndebourne Festival and Tour Opera in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Don Pasquale, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Hamlet.

Thomas has also taken many acting courses at City LIT including Physical Theatre, Clowning (Tragedy and Comedy), Shakespeare and focused on study of the Meisner Technique with Dannie Lu Carr. He appeared in a short film Things to Remember directed by Dannie for Flaming Poppy Productions and also playing the role of Greta, a drag artist from 1930’s Berlin in Martin Sherman’s Bent, at the South London Theatre.

He is passionate about raising money for charity (running Marathons!) and is dedicated to making musical activity available to absolutely everyone through outreach, community and diversity events.

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