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Thomas Allery is a conductor, acclaimed for his vivid communication and dynamic conducting style. He works regularly with a variety of choirs in London and across the UK, including professional, amateur, and children’s choirs.

 

In 2023 Thomas was appointed Director of Music at Temple Church, London where he leads the choral and music programme, including vibrant chorister, choral scholar programmes and youth choir programmes. 

 

As a director, he draws on his passion for chamber music to inspire choirs and orchestras to perform with individual commitment to expression, with spontaneity and emotion at the fore. 

 

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Teaching and community engagement are at the heart of Thomas’s work. He is passionate advocate of musical education, and in using the voice as a way for communities to come together. 

 

Thomas recognises the important responsibility of all musicians to teach and inspire younger generations, and to make music a core part of communities. As a community practitioner, he was worked extensively with the charity Live Music Now, including leading residencies in care homes and SEN schools in London.

Thomas is in regular demand as a workshop leader for choirs of all kinds, and challenges choirs to think holistically about the music they sing, and encouraging them to develop wider musical abilities. He has led several ‘come and sing’ events which seek to bring together people of all ages and levels of experience to join together to enjoy the great choral works. Committed to bringing the enjoyment of choral singing to wider audiences, Thomas inaugurated an Epiphanytide Festival in Oxford in 2018, designed to bring choral music into the lives of people who would usually not engage with choral music. In 2019, he founded the Cheapside chorus at St Mary-le-Bow, an occasional choir whose members live and work in the heart of the City of London. During his time in Oxford, he also enjoyed co-ordinating musical education opportunities for local primary school children in Oxford, as part of the Magdalen College School Arts Festival and the English Music Festival. Thomas is also a regular coach on the Oxford and Cambridge Singing School courses for young musicians, in Oxford, London and Hong Kong.

 

Thomas is a ‘Live Music Now’ artist with Ensemble Hesperi, with whom he gives regular workshops in residential care homes, day centres and SEND schools across the UK. In 2020 the ensemble took part in a twelve week care home residency focussing on equipping staff with the skills to use singing activities to enhance the lives of their residents.

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