Tom Worley – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Tom gained a place at Trinity College of Music London in 1997 to study with Hilary Coates. In 2001 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. Trinity awarded him with a First Class Honours and the Silver Medal. He won the Cyril Cork Prize for “commitment to supporting studies” and second place in the Gladys Puttick Memorial Prize for improvisation.

Tom then went on to study for his MMus in Piano performance at Southern Methodist University in the U.S.A. under the distinguished Professor Alfred Mouledous, alumnus of the prestigious pedagogues and pianists Walter Gieseking and Alfred Cortot. He then furthered his stay in the U.S.A. by working for 5 months as a piano teacher and free-lance musician as part of his Optional Practical Training (OPT).

He has studied with Dr. Ken Mobbs and Dr. Glyn Jenkins in the areas of performance practice and analysis. He had been selected to play in master classes for Yonty Solomon, Philip Fowke, Douglas Finch, Elena Ríu and Keith Tippett. 

Tom has taught at Clifton College, Bristol, Royal High School and Prior Park College. In 2008 he moved to Bath, where he is now settled, he then started teaching piano at Bath Spa University. In the last year he has been appointed as Senior Lecturer in Performance; part of his duties is to oversee the performance module for the MMus.

Tom thrives in Baroque and 20th century music with a strong emphasis on the keyboard music of J.S. Bach with a strong interest in improvisation, which he regularly performs as part of his recitals. He is currently Musician in Residence at Writhlington High School as part of MusicAlive. 

Tom performs regularly both as soloist and with chamber ensembles and he takes Masterclasses both in the UK and abroad. 

Academic qualifications

  • MMus (Piano Performance) Southern Methodist University
  • BMus (Hons) Trinity College of Music.

Professional memberships

  • EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association).

Teaching specialism

  • Piano Performance (Technique, interpretation and Pedagogy).

Other external roles

  • Musician in Residence Writhlington High School.

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