Tom Plater

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

Hi! I’m a 25 year old Saxophonist from Hertfordshire, currently finishing off my Masters study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As well as playing with Nevis Ensemble, I’ve also played with Street Orchestra Live and Wyatt Sinfonia. In my spare time, I’m also a competitive gamer, and a European Regional Champion at the Pokémon Video Game!

How did you first get into music?

I went to an open morning for a secondary school in my area when I was 9 or 10, they had a big band and I fell in love with the Saxophone Soloist, so decided that’s what I wanted to do, and I’ve not wavered from that dream since!

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

I was 18, and I’d auditioned for Conservatoires and been turned down by all the places I auditioned to- I was on a bit of a knife edge and after a couple of months of thinking, I decided that music was important and what I wanted to do, so I went for it (and I got in that time round!)

What has been your musical highlight so far?

Playing to a packed Barbican Hall in London with Garage stars such as DJ Spoony, Kele Le Roc and Elizabeth Troy. You don’t get over 2000 screaming people very easily!

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Graham Fitkin, Takahashi Yoshimatsu, Gavin Bryars.

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

I always enjoy playing music, and having fun with a group of likeminded people- here’s to more good times, and good music!