Biography

 

Thomas Wraith graduated with a Masters degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2013, having previously studied music at Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he held an Instrumental Award and a choral scholarship. He studied the cello with Josephine Knight and has played in masterclasses and received coaching from internationally acclaimed artists such as Steven Isserlis, Peter Bruns and Mario Brunelli. He is currently studying the baroque cello with Joseph Crouch.

As a soloist, Thomas has performed around the UK in venues such as St. George’s, Bristol, the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Concerto performances include the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major Hob. VIIb/1, Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor op. 85 and Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Gamelan Orchestra. He has also featured as a solo cellist on numerous soundtracks for television, film and adverts including The Ruth Ellis Files (BBC FOUR), The Alienist (Netflix), Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure (ITV) and the multi-award winning Sidney and Friends (feature film).

Thomas has a great passion for chamber music and has performed a wide range of works with various ensembles including the Stilig Quartet, the Estilo Quartet and with Southbank Sinfonia.

Thomas was a member of Southbank Sinfonia for 2014 and has since performed with a number of larger ensembles including the Ulster Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, Armonico Consort (principal cellist), London Concert Orchestra, Army of Generals (principal), Southbank Sinfonia Alumni Orchestra (principal), Winslow Hall Opera (principal), Presteigne Festival Orchestra (co-principal cellist), Multi-Story Orchestra (principal) and the Bristol Ensemble.

Thomas' interest in performing and developing New Music has led to a great many exciting projects and collaborations. He has recorded and played in première performances of works by composers including Kate Whitley, Huw Watkins, Michael Berkeley and Martin Butler.

Thomas has an eclectic taste in music and has enjoyed recording and performing with artists such as Father John Misty, ABC and Laura Mvula. His performances can regularly be heard on radio and television including BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and ITV.

In his spare time Thomas is a freelance fixer and orchestra manager, primarily for Charles Hazlewood's Army of Generals. In this role, Thomas has been responsible for organising three projects at Glastonbury Festivals, several nationwide tours and various other eclectic performances.  Thomas is also a keen photographer and vegetable grower. 

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