Tom Davoren (b. 1986, Gower Peninsula in Wales) is a Welsh composer and conductor.
Davoren studied tuba with Nigel Seaman at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He then studied at the Cardiff University School of Music, where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in composition. In 2009/10 he was awarded a research scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Welsh Livery Guild Composition Award. Davoren was a prize winner at the European Brass Band Composers’ Competition in 2012 and a recipient of the Harvey Phillips Award for excellence in composition, presented by the International Tuba Euphonium Association in 2014.
As a conductor Tom began his career with the BTM Band from South Wales. He has since gone on to success as Musical Director of Desford Colliery Band, Associate Conductor of the Fairey Band and Musical Director of Bristol’s Filton Concert Brass, who he has established as one of the UK’s newest championship bands. In 2015 he directed Maidstone Wind Symphony to the National Concert Band Championship title and was honoured to serve as conductor of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales in 2016. He also led conducting students and directed the brass band at the University of Salford since from 2016 - 2019.
Following a first American performance in 2014 by Montclair Statue University Wind Symphony, Tom's music has been premiered, recorded and commissioned the world over, by artists including ‘The President’s Own’ United States Marine Band, Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and soloists Philippe Schartz (principal trumpet BBC National Orchestra of Wales), and Glenn Van Looy and Steven Mead (international euphonium soloists). In 2019 he became composer in residence to the Band of the Welsh Guards, of the famous household division of the British Army.
In addition to composing, Davoren is a member of the British Association of Symphonic Band and Wind Ensembles. He also appears frequently as a guest conductor with numerous bands. Perhaps his most ambitious project is the inception, in 2010, of the Cardiff New Brass Festival. This festival provides a venue for the performance of new compositions, and has commissioned works by a number of fine composers.
Works for Winds
- Ascension (2013)
- Belonging (2019)
- Diversions on Calon Lan (2010)
- Looking In (2014)
- Return to the White City (2012)
- Rising Remixed (2009/2019)
- Rituals (2018)
- Stillness (2015)
- Stone, Mountain, Magic (2019)
- Watching the Wheat (2011)
- Windy City Heartbreak (2016)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Tom Davoren." Accessed 11 April 2017
- Tom Davoren website Accessed 11 April 2017