Thomas Balch is a Violinist, Baroque Violinist and Violist studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Thomas was 5 years old when he first picked up a violin, inspired by his Mother, also a violinist. Since then, he has so far enjoyed a varied and exciting career, playing in many contexts including as a recital soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Thomas was a member of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra for a total of 6 years, advancing through the orchestra over the years, playing high magnitude works by the likes of Mahler, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Thomas departed the organisation in 2015 as co-leader of the County Youth Orchestra and leader of the County Youth Chamber Orchestra. During this time, Thomas also became a member of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain, of which he was the co-leader for two years, sitting next to his ex-teacher and long-established professional violinist Christopher Hirons, whose career highlights include teaching at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, membership of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and as soloist with and member of the Academy of Ancient Music. As well as an extensive orchestral portfolio, Thomas has also appeared many times as soloist with orchestras around the country, in venues such as Winchester Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral and St. Mary's church in Walthamstow. Currently studying at the world-renowned Royal Northern College of Music, Thomas learns under Deputy Head of Strings, Catherine Yates, and continues to thrive with the ample opportunity and high-level education on offer to him at the RNCM.
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