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Director of Music

Tom Appleton is a conductor, singer, educator, workshop leader and presenter who lives in Bury St. Edmunds.

Tom has worked all over the world with choirs, orchestras, and individuals as diverse as the Monteverdi Choir, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the London Symphony Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Gabrielli Consort, Dame Emma Kirkby and Ray Davies!

Currently the Music Director of Stowmarket Chorale, King's Lynn Festival Chorus and Assistant Director of Aldeburgh Voices, Tom has also held similar roles with Southend Festival Chorus, Ipswich Chamber Choir and Milton Keynes Chorale.

In 2017, Tom formed the Come and Sing Company (CASC) who bring people together in song. CASC believe that communities that sing together, be they healthcare providers, businesses, schools, churches, or sports teams, are stronger for having done so. CASC often take singing to places you wouldn't normally expect to find it and help facilitate communication between disparate parties.

Tom's appointment was announced in June 2018. He said: "It is a great honour to be appointed Music Director of Stowmarket Chorale. Following in the footsteps of the great Leslie Olive will be a challenge, but one that I look forward to embracing. Stowmarket Chorale seem an ambitious and friendly choir and they have already made me feel very welcome. I very much look forward to spending my Wednesday evenings with them and exploring some of the great choral repertoire in the years to come!"

Ruth Crocket, Chair of Stowmarket Chorale said of the appointment: "We are delighted that Tom has agreed to join us as out new Music Director. In the more than one hundred years of our existence we have had a range of excellent music directors and I feel confident that Tom will now be able to combine our musical traditions with fresh transformative energy for new generations ahead."



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