Thomas Foster is a London-based composer.
He has worked projects with the National Portrait Gallery, ELLE Magazine, and Royal Academy of Arts among others. He studied with Alison Kay at the Royal College of Music, earning a distinction for his master's degree in 2020.
His compositional approach takes off from spectralist thinking, exploring the limits of human perception as well as perceived depth in music. Indeterminacy and improvisation also contribute to his work.
Making Light (for alto flute and bass clarinet) was described as an "excellently written, brilliant piece" by BBC Radio 3's Sara Mohr-Pietsch.
Thomas won the 2020 Royal College of Music Concerto Competition with Reflections in Moving Water for wind orchestra.
In 2019 he launched the Unheard Concerts series. With support from Arts Council England, these concerts aim to rescue contemporary music from the concert hall and present it to new audiences, made up predominantly of non-concertgoers.
"It is time to question the role conservatoires should be playing beyond training instrumentalists and operating as substandard concert halls.” - Read my article for Arts Professional here
"How can music possibly progress if it is being held hostage in such a restricted environment?"
Listed in Arts Professional's #GoodReads, I discuss why relevance should be a priority when devising new formats. Read my article for Orchestras Live here
Scores available on demand
The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody
Reflections in Moving Water
(for wind orchestra)
(for flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone, harp, viola, and cello)
(for viola and cello)
(for alto flute and bass clarinet)
(for two double basses)
When She Walks
(for mezzo soprano, oboe, tenor saxophone, and cello)
(for two snare drums)
(for viola, cello, and electronics)
(for violin and electronics)
For ELLE Magazine