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About Thomas Mottershead

Thomas Mottershead is an award-winning tenor (and conductor), a pianist, organist and trumpeter, singing a variety of musical genres.
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Thomas Mottershead is a tenor, conductor, pianist, organist and trumpeter based in South Wales, hailing from Colchester, Essex. A recent graduate from the University of Cambridge, he achieved an MMus (Distinction – Choral Conducting) from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as a First-Class BMus (Hons) from Cardiff University. Thomas has performed as a singer at Llandaff Cathedral, performing for live broadcasts including Morning Worship on BBC Radio 4 and the National Remembrance Service on BBC One Wales. Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, he also held a bursary at the BBC National Chorus of Wales, performing at the BBC Proms on several occasions. He has performed at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, St David's Hall, Brangwyn Hall, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and King’s College Cambridge, as well as venues in Germany, Italy and America. He recently went on tour with the BBC National Chorus of Wales to Brittany, performing at the opening of the Couvent des Jacobins. In June 2018, Thomas was asked to be in a solo quartet with the BBC’s performance of James MacMillan’s ‘Seven Angels’. On stage, he has performed the roles of Khashoggi in ‘We Will Rock You!’ and Anthony in Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Sweeney Todd’, as well as in the operas ‘Patience’ by Gilbert and Sullivan in 2016, Aaron Copland's 'The Tender Land' at UNH in 2017, and in opera scenes as Bardolph in Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’. As a soloist, he recently sang as tenor soloist in Stainer’s Crucifixion for the RSCM SE Wales and future engagements include performing recitals in Ipswich and Bury St. Edmunds, as also as a soloist in Lennox Berkeley's 'Stabat Mater' in November 2020. As a conductor, Thomas has much experience with both orchestras and choirs – sacred and secular – and has been conducting since the age of 15. Previous positions include Director of Music in St. Mary’s Parish Church, Whitchurch, as well as many other roles including Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Cardiff Opera. Previous positions have included Orchestra Manager and Assistant Musical Director of Serenata Singers and Cardiff University Operatic Society respectively, Chorus Manager and Assistant Chorus Master of the Cardiff University Symphony Chorus and Musical Director Blank Verse and, most recently, Musical Director of Wales Hospital Choir (South Glamorgan) who he prepared for charity Christmas concert in St. David’s Hall. In Spring 2017, the opportunity arose to study in America at the University of New Hampshire, which included an opera performance and an international premiere of his own compositions.

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Musicianship
Genres:
Easy listening, Pop, Traditional church music, Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Early music, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Renaissance, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, Jazz, Swing, Light music, Ambient pop, Karaoke, R&B, Covers, Pop rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Accompanist, Perfect pitch, Repetiteur, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Example repertoire includes (but is not limited to):
Pop:
Amy Winehouse - Valerie;
The Beatles - Hey Jude;
The Beatles - Let It Be;
The Beatles - Yesterday;
Billy Joel - And So It Goes;
Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are;
Billy Joel - Piano Man;
Billy Joel - She's Always a Woman;
Billy Joel - Vienna;
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69;
The Commodores - Three Times a Lady;
Diane Warren - Un-Break My Heart;
Elton John - Can You Feel the Love Tonight;
Elton John - Your Song;
The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup;
John Lennon - Imagine
The Killers - Mr. Brightside;
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama;
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline;
Pharell Williams - Happy
Prince - Purple Rain
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody;
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love;
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
Queen - No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young);
Queen - These Are The Days Of Our Lives;
Robbie Williams - She's The One;
Robbie Williams - Angels;
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely;
Stevie Wonder - You Are The Sunshine of my Life;
Tom Jones - Delilah;
Tom Jones - I'll Never Fall In Love Again.
Jazz:
Bobby Darin - Beyond the Sea (in the style of Robbie Williams);
Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife (in the style of Robbie Williams);
Dean Martin - Ain't That a Kick In The Head (in the style of Robbie Williams);
Duke Ellington - Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (in the style of Robbie Williams);
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon;
Frank Sinatra - Have You Met Miss Jones? (in the style of Robbie Williams);
Frank Sinatra - It Was a Very Good Year (in the style of Robbie Williams);
Frank Sinatra - One For My Baby;
George Gershwin - Someone to Watch Over Me;
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World;
Michael Bublé - Always On My Mind;
Michael Bublé - Dream;
Michael Bublé - Everything;
Michael Bublé - Feeling Good;
Michael Bublé - Fever;
Michael Bublé - Lost;
Michael Bublé - Me and Mrs. Jones;
Michael Bublé - Moondance;
Nat King Cole - Straighten Up and Fly Right (in the style of Robbie Williams);
Sammie Davis Jr. - Mr Bojangles (in the style of Robbie Williams).
Musical Theatre:
'Being Alive' from "Company", Sondheim;
'Bring Him Home' from "Les Misérables", Schönberg;
'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables' from "Les Misérables", Schönberg;
'Finishing the Hat' from "Sunday in the Park with George", Sondheim;
'Her Voice' from "The Little Mermaid", Menken;
'If I Can't Love Her' from "Beauty and the Beast", Menken;
'If I Didn't Believe in You' from "The Last Five Years", Robert Brown;
'Johanna' from "Sweeney Todd", Sondheim;
'Lonely House' from "Street Scene', Weill;
'Moving Too Fast' from "The Last Five Years", Robert Brown
'Music of the Night' from "Phantom of the Opera", Lloyd Webber;
'Nobody Needs to Know' from "The Last Five Years", Robert Brown;
'This is the Moment' from "Jekyll and Hyde", Wildhorn;
'When You Believe' from "The Prince of Egypt", Schwartz;
'Why God, Why' from "Miss Saigon", Schönberg
Christmas:
Amy Grant - Grown-Up Christmas List (in the style of Michael Bublé);
Andy Williams - It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Bing Crosby - Santa Claus is Coming to Town (in the style of Michael Bublé);
Bing Crosby - White Christmas;
Bing Crosby - Winter Wonderland;
Chris Rea - Driving Home for Christmas;
Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home);
Dean Martin - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow;
Frank Sinatra - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;
Franz Schubert - Ave Maria;
Kylie Minogue - Santa Baby (in the style of Michael Bublé);
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You (in the style of Michael Bublé);
Michael Bublé - Holly Jolly Christmas
Perry Como - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (in the style of Michael Bublé);
Trad. (Mendelssohn) - Hark! the Herald-Angels Sing;
Trad. - O Holy Night;
Trad. - O Come, All Ye Faithful
Trad. - Silent Night;
Wham! - Last Christmas.
Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Brangwyn Hall, Swansea Cardiff University School of Music Concert Hall, Cardiff Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff Principality (Millennium) Stadium, Cardiff Royal Albert Hall, London St. David's Hall, Cardiff St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

First Night of the BBC Proms in 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall! It was with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

Prices

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£350
Up to 1 hour£600
Up to 2 hours£900
Up to 3 hours£1250

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Simon R, 2 years ago

Tom was a first-class professional. His piano playing and singing were exceptional, and thoroughly enjoyed by the whole wedding party (comprised mostly of professional musicians and MT actors). He's a lovely man; kind, patient, well-presented, eager to give you the day you want, and an asset to any wedding celebration. We couldn't recommend him enough.

The L, 2 years ago

"Such a beautiful singing voice – the tone of Thomas’ voice is an incredible asset... possibly my favourite version of 'Johanna' that I’ve heard. I could listen to you sing that every day."

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