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Tom’s musical background stems from very early times, when at the tender age of nine months he began to copy his elder brother singing ‘This old man, he played one’. When only four years old he made newspaper headlines for having composed a carol for a BBC competition. Tom went on to study piano and trumpet, and at seven years old became a chorister in the choir of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St.Alban, Hertfordshire, where he sang for seven years eventually rising to Woollams Scholar and Deputy Head Chorister. During this time he sang on many BBC broadcasts and appeared with the choir in TV programmes with James Galway, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and made recordings. He toured with the choir to France and Holland.
Tom’s artistic talents won him various prizes, including a Commended Design that was shown on Children’s TV, and Runner Up in a Blue Peter competition for the design of a new roof boss for York Minster. He went on to study Arts and Graphic Design at New College, Durham and later Teesside University. It was whilst in the middle of his University course at the age of twenty that he became a paraplegic after a serious car accident in 1993.

On leaving the choir when his voice broke at fourteen he had time to give to his great love of athletics, when he played football, excelled in cross country running, and cross continent cycling with his brother Nick. He completed the ‘Land’s End/John O’ Groats 1000 mile ride, followed by three similar 1000 mile rides across France, from Le Conquet to Menton, Dieppe to St.Jean Pied de Port, and Cherbourg to the French Alps. Just before the accident in 1993 that sadly deprived him of these athletic pursuits, he completed the Great North Run Half Marathon, a distance of 13 miles in 1 hour 39 minutes. On becoming a paraplegic he ‘wheelchair-pushed’ 100 miles across Spain to Santiago de Compostella, to raise money for spinal injury research, and now plays in regular wheelchair basket ball matches with the Gateshead team up and down the country.
Tom is Charlemagne’s recording engineer, and masters the music recorded on computer in Old Meadow Barns Studio. He also designs CD covers and inserts, and the page covers of June’s sheet music, whilst he has an increasing interest in composing his own unique brand of digital music, some of which is soon to be issued on CD by Charlemagne Music, in which Tom is a partner.

Tom (aged 7) & Nick-

Deputy Head Chorister (left)
Chorister St. Albans
  Piano duets  
ITV programme with James Galway 1983
Abbey 1982
  Pepin Family piano      
Tom at work at home
  quartet 1990  
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