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Conductor - Tom Kilworth


A British conductor, Tom enjoys a broad-reaching musical career, having conducted both established repertoire and premieres of numerous contemporary works across the UK. He studied conducting at the University of Surrey under Russell Keable while pursuing his master's degree and is currently completing a PhD thesis examining the works of Jean Sibelius and the modern Finnish composers, including Magnus Lindberg, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho.

Tom also has an established career as an orchestrator of film music, having recently completed work on 2017's live action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

As a composer, Tom has had his music played by a variety of professional instrumentalists and ensembles including Notes Inegales, Delta Saxophone Quartet and Huw Watkins

In 2012, Orpheus Sinfonia premiered Tom's orchestral miniature Noctilucent as part of him being awarded their annual Composer of the Year award.

Leader - Robert Was


Robert started playing the violin at the age of 7 through school and played in the orchestras through the Huddersfield Education Services. By the age of 15, Robert was leader of the Senior Orchestra under the conductor, Colin Sutcliffe. After secondary education he then attended the Huddersfield Music School, where his violin tutor was Bert Whone. At the end of these studies Robert joined the Coldstream Guards as a Musician and led their Orchestra.

Whilst in the forces, Robert studied at the military music college at Kneller Hall in Twickenham. Towards the end of his time with the Guards, he was performing regularly around the various concert halls in London, also playing at the BBC, as a freelance musician. On leaving the Guards, Robert then become a full time performer in the same venues. Since the late 70s early 80s he was engaged as a software technician with several companies and did not perform very much due to time constraints and also starting a family.

All Robert's children were encouraged to join in the music groups at their schools and all of them started to play the violin and all have played with the Harrow Symphony Orchestra at some time. Robert has been with the HSO for about 20 years, becoming leader in 2001.

Assistant Conductor and Principal Trumpet - Andrew Hickman


Andrew studied music at Middlesex University and specialised in Music Performance.

Andrew regularly conducts the concert wind band of Harrow Young Musicians.

He is a great lover of classical music in general, but is particularly interested in Romantic 20th century and English music of the late 19th and early 20th century.