B i o g r a p h y
Thomas is a composer, musical director, musician, and theatre maker. He studied at Oxford University. He has composed music for theatre companies including the National Theatre, Viv Gordon, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Theatre Alibi, the Egg Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Exeter Northcott, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Nottingham Playhouse, London Bubble, Ludlow Festival, Travelling Light, Birmingham Stage Company and TNT. His music has been performed to audiences worldwide, from Singapore to St. Petersburg, on the West End and Broadway. He has worked with theatre companies in Costa Rica, the US, Russia and China. Concert compositions include an oratorio for orchestra and choir, Street of Bugles (performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall and Gloucester Cathedral), and a Three Choirs Festival commission, Four Songs for the End of Wars, composed for the Gloucester Cathedral bells and a choir. He recently composed Fire Songs for Frozen Light, designed for audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities. In the difficult year of 2020 he created a video, When All This Is Over, a virtual anthem for a lockdown choir (commissioned as part of the Northcott Theatre's The Time is Now project). 2020 saw Thomas's first incursion into composing to animation (Down to Earth, a schools pandemic theatre show by Theatre Alibi). He has also written scores for several BBC Radio 4 drama productions.
‘I’m Thomas Johnson, I live in the Cotswolds in the UK. I have composed hundreds of scores for all sorts of different kinds of theatre - tiny studios, mid-scale theatres, in parks, in schools, on Broadway, on the beach, from Minnesota to Moscow - ranging from solo harp to full orchestra.
I greatly enjoy the collaborative process of theatre, and have a passion for working closely to text, believing that a musical underscore can be a proactive and exciting tool in shedding light on meaning; and music can of course be transcendent, travel beyond meaning, detonate a theatrical moment in a way that nothing else can.
I’m also passionate about choral music. Human voices, singing in harmony, thrill like nothing else. There’s something incredibly moving about the sound, and the commonality of it’.
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