Tom Rodgers Resume
| Tom Rodgers (b.1979) graduated from Kingston University in 2001 having completed his Bachelor of Music degree, passing with Honours. In 2007 he trained to be a Teacher of Music in secondary education, qualifying fully in 2009. Tom taught in two schools after gaining QTS but is currently on a self-arranged sabbatical from the profession and is using the time to pursue his own career in music and to give time to his family.
Tom is a "jack of all trades" with regard to his musicianship. In terms of his pianistic skills: he has been involved in accompanying choirs in both rehearsals and concerts, accompanying students taking examinations, both for the ABRSM and OCR syllabi for many years. For Tom, the skill of accompanying transfers easily to the organ: an instrument that he has played in church for over two decades. This skill has led him to play as the organist in several major works performed by choral societies (e.g. both the Rutter and Chilcott "Requiem", the Vivaldi "Gloria" etc.) in several prestigious venues (Ottawa Basilica and Bath Abbey to name but two).
Tom's enjoyment for musical theatre has developed over the years through opportunities to be involved heavily in such productions. He is an experienced pit pianist and musical director. He has found success in various amateur and school productions of (PP- Pit Pianist / MD - Musical Director / BL - Band Leader):
Annie Get Your Gun (2008 - PP); Anything Goes (2011-PP); Beauty And The Beast (2011-PP); Godspell (1998-BL); Grease! (2005-PP); Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat (1999 -PP); The King & I (2010-PP); Kiss Me Kate (2012-PP); Little Shop of Horrors (2011-MD); Singin' In The Rain (2008-MD).
Tom's success as a musical director in these smaller productions gave him the confidence to take on the role of Musical Director for the Hornchurch Passion Play. This ecumenical production is put on in Hornchurch every five years, or so, and it tells the story of Christ's Passion through the people of the town. Tom's job is to bring together any singers and musicians who wish to be involved and mould them into a slick ensemble. He has musically directed the on two occasions, now, and the standard of the last reincarnation was commented upon very highly.
Another strand to Tom's career is his work as a church musician. He began working in this area c.1991 in his own parish but didn't really start in a professional sense until 2000. Since then he has worked freelance as a Sunday organist but also held the post of Musical Director in two parishes. He currently works at St. Mary The Virgin C of E in Tottenham, North London where he is moulding a new choir and moving the music in the church forward in leaps and bounds.
When not "running around" like the proverbial fly, Tom enjoys composing. He has gained some recognition in limited circles for his musical output: he often writes as part of his ministry in Tottenham, for instance, and he has seen success in a charity song he composed for Kids Alive UK in 2008, which raised in excess of £1500.
Tom is currently looking to pursue work with regard to his compositional skills. He has had experience in creating the music for theatrical productions (Oedipus Rex in 2001; Macbeth in 2008 and Titus Andronicus in 2012) but also in writing sacred and secular choral music for pleasure as well as various instrumental works. He has recently completed his "Requiem", which is the main focus of his pursuits.
Tom's compositional style could be best described as lyrical with influences from various sources from Rutter, to the Blues, and right through to more popular artists such as Elton John. Because of this Tom finds enjoyment in composing in all different styles.
Updated: September 21, 2012
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