Tom Lessels

Tom Lessels, Clarinet

Originally from Aberdeen, Tom Lessels studied clarinet at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Michael Harris and at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury, Timothy Lines and Nicholas Rodwell, winning the coveted Buffet-Crampon clarinet competition in 2006.

Since 2013 he has been a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, in addition to playing regularly with leading orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is a founder member and principal clarinet of the Ossian Ensemble, a new music group working with composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Thomas Ades, Jonathan Harvey, Anna Meredith and numerous others.

He currently teaches the clarinet at Eton College and Westminster Abbey Choir School as well as NESMS.