Chorus master of Glyndebourne from 2006 to 2009, British conductor Thomas Blunt recently took up the position of Assistant Conductor to Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
He was born in 1977, and studied ‘cello and conducting at the Junior Royal Academy of Music before taking up an organ scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge. After graduation he furthered his studies in orchestral conducting under Neil Thomson at the Royal College of Music in London where he prepared orchestras for visiting conductors including Bernard Haitink, Andrew Litton, Gianandrea Noseda, Roger Norrington and Vasily Petrenko.
In 2007 Thomas Blunt made his conducting debut with Glyndebourne in L’elisir d’amore for Glyndebourne on Tour, and has since conducted Falstaff and La Cenerentola for GOT. Throughout his tenure as Glyndebourne chorus master he conducted (as part of the Jerwood Chorus Development Scheme) members of the Glyndebourne Chorus in opera scenes with a chamber orchestra formed from musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
During this same period Blunt assisted conductors including Music Director Vladimir Jurowski, Maurizio Benini, Douglas Boyd, Richard Egarr, and Edward Gardner. He also collaborated with Ji?í B?lohlávek, Mark Elder, Ivàn Fischer, and Kazushi Ono.
Highlights of activities away from Glyndebourne have included the World Première of Ghosts – a Royal Opera House commissioned ballet by Dave Maric at the Linbury Studio Theatre and an invitation from Vladimir Jurowski to conduct the banda in Das klagende Lied for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s first public performance to open their first concert season at the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall.
Other past engagements include performances of The Rape of Lucretia and Così fan tutte at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, having also assisted Michael Rosewell; work on The Knot Garden at the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, and a performance of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette for British Youth Opera. Symphonic work includes performances with the South Bank Sinfonia, Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 with the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and he also worked with Ivàn Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, in Budapest, on Mahler Symphony No.6. In 2010 he worked as an assistant conductor for Opera North on Rusalka and Così fan tutte, and conducted The Rape of Lucretia at the Arcola Theatre, London, as part of its Grimeborn Gestival.
In addition to his work with Jurowski and the LPO future engagements include Italian Girl in London by Cimarosa for Bampton Classical Opera, performances at the Buxton Festival, St John’s Smith Square, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, a collaboration with the Old Vic, performances of Bruckner’s Mass No. 2 in E minor in Sao Paolo with the LPO and the chorus of the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, a concert with the English Chamber Orchestra, and his LPO debut at the Royal Festival Hall.