Photo April 2017
Thomas Cunningham (usually known as Tom) was born in 1946 in Edinburgh and studied composition under Melanie Daiken. His compositions, mainly published by Hinshaw Music in the USA and Goodmusic / Roberton in the UK, have been performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Orchestra and Chorus, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Cappella Nova, Laudibus, the Flemish Radio Choir and many others. From 1984 till 2002 he was Musical Director of the Brussels Choral Society and a guest conductor of the Flemish Radio Choir. Since returning to Edinburgh in 2003, he has completed five commissions for the National Youth Choir of Scotland and twelve collaborations with the writer Alexander McCall Smith, one of which, “A Tapestry of Many Threads”, won a Herald Angel Award at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. His opera “The Okavango Macbeth”, to a libretto by Alexander McCall Smith, was premièred in Botswana in October 2009 and subsequently performed in Edinburgh, Cambridge and Cape Town – the CD from Delphian Records was one of the Arts Desk’s Top 12 Classical CDs of 2012. Another CD “Scotland at Night” including his compositions performed by Laudibus is also available on Delphian Records. He has composed the music for Auden’s opera “Delia” and written three suites for full symphony orchestra.