Tom Bullard trained as a baritone at King’s College, Cambridge, and studies with Russell Smythe. His solo concert experience includes Bach’s St John Passion in Peterborough Cathedral, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs in King’s College, and Fantasia on Christmas Carols in the Bermuda Festival, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D at the Mostly Mozart Festival in the Lincoln Centre, New York, and the Requiems of Faure and Durufle.
Tom was a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2010, studying with Ian Partridge and Ann Murray. Recital engagements have included private functions at Dartmouth House, The Ritz and 10 Downing Street, an Opera Gala with Ann Murray for Opera South, and a programme of Haydn songs, duets and trios for Le Concert d’Astree in Lille, as well as a programme of Restoration songs with The City Waites for a BBC4 documentary. Tom was selected to compete in the Kohn Foundation Wigmore Hall International Song Competition 2011.
On stage, his roles include Marcello in La Boheme and Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West for OperaUpClose, Max in Demon Lover for the Grimeborn Festival, Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Figaro in The Barber of Seville, both for OperaUpClose, Peter Ivanov in Lortzing’s Zar und Zimmermann for Opera South, the Soldier in Tom Wiggall’s opera, Alban, for Alban Opera, Smirnov in The Bear for Minotaur Music Theatre, Piquillo in La Perichole for Opera South, Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera, Adonis in Venus and Adonis and leading roles in HMS Pinafore, Ruddigore and The Sorceror. He is also an accomplished Musical Theatre performer, with appearances including Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd, Doody in Grease, and Lancelot du Lac in Camelot.
From 2001 to 2008, Tom was a member of the Swingle Singers, and was Musical Director from 2004. Under his direction the group toured through Europe, USA, Asia, South America and New Zealand, performing in venues such as the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Terme di Caracalla in Rome, the Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg and the Royal Albert Hall. He spearheaded the group’s work with some of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors, including collaborations with Maggio Musicale, Florence, and the Vienna Philharmonic, both conducted by Zubin Mehta, the Orquesta Nacional de Espana under Josep Pons, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Carl Davis. He worked very closely with Antonio Pappano, preparing performances of Berio Sinfonia with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia for the BBC Proms 2007 and the opening of the orchestra’s 07-08 season in Rome, and he coached the group through the world premiere of Azio Corghi’s opera PIA at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. His own arrangements have been recorded on a number of the group’s albums, published under the group’s own label, and have proved popular with choirs and ensembles worldwide, leading to a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (Best Jazz Song – The Lady is a Tramp).
Tom is currently Musical Director of Nonsuch Singers, and recent performances have included Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil and Monteverdi Vespers, as well as the UK premiere and a CD recording of Gabriel Jackson To the Field of Stars. Tom is Head of Singing at Eltham College, where he directs the Eltham College Boys Choir, and also teaches Singing at Westminster Under School, from which some of his pupils have gone on to sing Miles in The Turn of the Screw for ENO in Vienna, Gustav in Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre, and the Young Shepherd in Tannhauser for the Royal Opera. He also works as a vocal coach for the National Youth Music Theatre, and recently conducted the National Youth Choir and The Real Group in a sell-out concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Recent solo projects include the Baritone solo in the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Since it was the day of Preparation at the Edinburgh International Festival (recently released by Dephian Records), the Baritone solo in Steve Reich’s multimedia oratorio The Cave in Strasbourg and Dresden, and solo performances with The City Waites for a BBC4 documentary on the painter William Dobson. He made his debut with the LSO in Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light at the Barbican, and also his debut with Oper Frankfurt with The Cave in December 2016.