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Tom is from Aberdeen, and learned clarinet at Birmingham Conservatoire with Michael Harris, before completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Timothy Lines, Nicholas Rodwell and Angela Malsbury, where he won the 2006 Buffet-Crampon clarinet competition.

 
He plays with most of the UK’s leading ensembles including Aurora Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  As a soloist he performed in Polly Findlay’s production of Antigone at the National Theatre, and in Matt Rogers’ opera The Raven in the Grimeborne festival in East London and at Bestival on the Isle of Wight.  He is a member of several chamber ensembles including the European Chamber Players, Ensemble Amorpha and Ossian Ensemble  He has worked with numerous composers including Jonathan Harvey, Thomas Ades, Anna Meredith, Mica Levi and Peter Maxwell Davies.  He is also clarinettist with the Heritage Orchestra performing alongside acts including Antony and the Johnsons, Tim Minchin and The National.
 
He teaches clarinet at Westminster Abbey Choir School and Eton College, and coaches on the National Children’s Orchestra and Aldeburgh Young Musicians programmes.
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Tom
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Lessels
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