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RAF Olympic commission

Tom Davoren and Duncan StubbsAlumnus Tom Davoren has been commissioned by the Royal Air Force to create a new concert overture with an Olympic  flavour.

The work will help celebrate the Olympics and will premiere at the Royal Air Force’s Musical Salute to the Queen’s Jubilee.

Tom said: “It’s a massive pleasure to be writing for the Central Band of the RAF, they really are a world class ensemble. The piece I have written is called ‘Return to the White City’ and takes it’s name from the Stadium built to host the first London Olympics in 1908.

“The piece itself is influenced by long distance running, specifically the critical moment when a pack starts to form and separate, and the gradual revealing of the leaders through the differing tactics and fitness levels. It celebrates the shared ethos of the Royal Air Force and Olympic games: one of friendly competition, team development and personal betterment.”

The concert will take place at Loseley Park House, the former residence of Winston Churchill, on 23rd June and will feature pyrotechnics and a cinema screen projection.  Tom’s overture will be performed by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force conducted by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs and Flight Lieutenant Richard Murray.

Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs said: “New music and creativity are a massive part of what we do at the Royal Air Forces Music Services. It’s great working with Tom to help us commemmorate a special Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year.”

Tom has also been named as one of four finalists in the European Composers Competition Final  at the 2012 European Brass Band Championships.  Tom’s piece ‘Looking In’ will be performed at the Final in Rotterdam on 3rd May. The other finalists are Paul McGhee (England), Joel Engström (Sweden), and Marc Jeanbourquin (Switzerland).

Originally from the Gower peninsula, Tom completed his undergraduate degree and an MMus in Composition at the School of Music.  He is building a reputation as an exciting young composer and conductor. His work has been featured at concerts and festivals across the world, been recorded for CD release and broadcast on BBC Radio.  Find out more about Tom’s work at