Musical Director - Tom Buchanan
Following the sad news of Richard Gill's illness and his withdrawal from all engagements for the remainder of the year, it was decided by the Wollongong organising committee and others that we would look to our own MD's to conduct the concert. Consequently we are pleased to announce that it has been decided to appoint the two youngest Musical Directors within the Association.
Tom is a well-known and highly regarded Melbourne-based choral conductor, currently directing the Australian Welsh Male Choir, Excelsis and the Mornington Peninsula Chorale. Tom has also been the Musical Director of Casey Choir (Berwick, Victoria), Out of the Ordinary (Monash University), and has directed choirs at both Eltham College and Christ Church Grammar School (South Yarra) where he currently works, primarily as a piano teacher. In recent years Tom has conducted performances extensively throughout Australia, as well as performing internationally in the Philippines, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the USA. In addition to his experience as a choral conductor, Tom has also had the opportunity to conduct both professional and community orchestras in some of Melbourne's major performance venues, including St Paul's Cathedral, St Patrick's Cathedral and the Frankston Arts Centre.
Tom is a composer and arranger of choral music, and has had his work published both in Australia (Willow Publishing, NSW) and in the United Kingdom (Banks Music Publications, York). Tom's compositions and arrangements have received performances in Australia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the USA.
Through his work as Musical Director of the Australian Welsh Male Choir, Tom has enjoyed the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the world's most eminent Welsh choir conductors. Tom is a passionate supporter of community music and enjoys the challenge of working with a diverse range of choristers, with varying levels of musical training, to produce exciting and engaging choral performances.
Tom completed his music studies at the School of Music – Conservatorium of Monash University, where he majored in classical piano performance. Whilst studying at Monash, Tom also completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary). Tom was an accompanist for the 2012 MCAA Festival which was held in Melbourne under the direction of Dr Alwyn Humphreys MBE. He is very much looking forward to the opportunity to work with all the choristers again this year, as co-director of the 2017 MCAA Festival.