Thomas Foster is a London-based composer.


He has worked projects with the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Lontano Ensemble 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

Tune in to the online performance of Unheard: Unseen at 7pm on Thursday 28 May here


"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


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 2020 his first opera, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody, will be premiered at the Royal College of Music. This year also marks his first sound installation, Ortolan - a series of interactive sound spaces exploring the death of the Ortolan Bunting.


In 2019 he launched the Unheard concert 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-concert-goers.

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