The year got off to an exciting start with our visiting musical advisor and consultant Tom Seligman. 4th Year GCSE pupils worked with Tom on aspects of their Concerto topic, while 6th form A level musicians enjoyed an active conducting workshop on Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. Tom also worked with musicians on A level recital repertoire in a series of excellent performance classes.
English conductor Tom Seligman made his Royal Ballet debut in 2010 conducting a double programme of Peter and the Wolf / Tales of Beatrix Potter at Covent Garden. He has since returned to conduct Birthday Offering, the world premiere of ‘Machina’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), Chroma, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale and Frankenstein for the Company.
Seligman was born in London and studied in Cambridge, Glasgow and Amsterdam. Ballet credits away from The Royal Ballet include Jewels and The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet), Swan Lake and Le Corsaire (English National Ballet), Miracle in the Gorbals and Coppélia (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and The Winter’s Tale (National Ballet of Canada). Opera engagements include The Rake’s Progress and The Beggar’s Opera (Edinburgh Studio Opera) and Le nozze di Figaro (Opera East).
Seligman is in demand as a choral conductor and has worked extensively with the BBC and London Symphony Choruses, was chorus master for the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado at the BBC Proms and was Guest Chorus Director for the Hallé’s Gramophone Award-winning recording of The Kingdom.