Tom Cunningham

b. 1946

Tom Cunningham was born in 1946 in Edinburgh. Having chosen a career in the computing industry, he moved to London where he studied orchestral conducting and composition at Morley College. He spent 30 years in Belgium where he conducted amateur and professional choirs and orchestras in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to premieres of new music, including many radio and television broadcasts and recording several CDs. His compositions and arrangements, mainly published by Hinshaw Music in the USA and Goodmusic/Roberton in the UK, have been performed by Cappella Nova, Flemish Radio Choir, Laudibus, the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Chorus, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and many others. He has also edited music for Oxford University Press and other publishers. From 1984 till 2002, Tom was Musical Director of the Brussels Choral Society and a guest conductor of the Flemish Radio Choir. Since returning to Edinburgh in 2003, he has completed three commissions for the National Youth Choir of Scotland and set to music three sets of poems by Alexander McCall Smith, premiered by Cappella Nova. His opera The Okavango Macbeth (DCD34096), to a libretto by McCall Smith was premiered in Botswana in October 2009 in the No. 1 Ladies’ Opera House and subsequently performed in Edinburgh and Cambridge. A recording including his compositions performed by Laudibus under Mike Brewer is available on Delphian (Scotland at Night DCD34060).