Tom Hardy

Bassoon Reed Making Specialist

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Tom Hardy is a freelance bassoon and contra bassoon player and has played with many of the UK's leading orchestras and ensembles including the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Ulster Orchestra, and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra as well as working for several years as the bassoon player in the classic West End production of "42nd Street" at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Tom studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GGSM Hons) studying with Ian Cuthill, Graham Sheen (reed making) and Dominic Weir (contra and reeds) and followed this with post graduate studies at National Centre for Orchestral Studies.

Chamber music is central to Tom's career. He was a founder member of two wind chamber groups - Etesian Winds wind quintet and Concertone  (wind and piano ensemble) and currently plays with several London based chamber groups. Most importantly he is a founder member of the bassoon quartet Reed Rage.

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