Tom Morss was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Carlops, a village in the Scottish borders, small in size but large in musical activity. From an early age Tom was immersed in music, taking up violin at the age of 5 and singing at the age of 10. Throughout his school life he was active in music and drama, performing in choirs, as soloist and leader of several orchestras and acting in many plays with local amateur dramatic companies.
Tom gained a BMus (Hons) from the University of Leeds where he was a member of a variety of vocal ensembles and a founder member of Operasoc, the University’s first dedicated opera society. He subsequently studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), graduating with an MMus in Vocal Performance and a PGDip (Distinction) in 2013. He is now based in London where he works as a freelance singer.
Thanks to his background in acting, Tom is happy on the stage. At the University of Leeds he played Don Jose (Carmen), Tamino (The Magic Flute) and Antonio (Pietro von Abano, UK premiere). As well as roles in a number of opera scenes, he sang the title role in an RNCM production of Britten’s Albert Herring, a role which he repeated in 2013 for MidWales Opera as a young artist and cover. Other roles include Nemorino (l’Elisir d’Amore, Pint Sized Opera), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sheffield Winter Gardens), Narrator (The Turn of the Screw, Steel Opera), Pan (La Calisto, Hampstead Garden Opera), Valere and Tacmas (Les Indes Galantes, Woodhouse Opera Festival), Nutrice and First Soldier (l’Incoronozione de Poppea, Ryedale Festival Opera), Masetto (Madame X, Grimeborn Festival) and Albert (Albert Herring, Hampstead Garden Opera). Future engagements include Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, PopUp Opera).
In addition to his work in opera, Tom regularly performs as concert and oratorio soloist, with numerous works now in his repertoire, including those by Bach, Beethoven, Chilcott, Handel, Haydn, Gounod, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Puccini, Purcell, Rossini and Schubert. Please see the ‘repertoire’ page for more details.
With his considerable experience of singing in choirs, Tom is also well able to blend into a chorus. He has performed with Dunedin Consort (Handel Messiah, Bach Family Motets, Monteverdi Vespers 1610) and Ludus Baroque (Handel Alexander’s Feast, Bach Mass B minor). He performed Elgar’s The Apostles with Sir Mark Elder and the Halle at the Bridgewater Hall and BBC Proms. Tom also joined the Halle to sing the part of Vogelgesang in a performance of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. Recently he has become a member of The Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singer Scheme and will join the chorus of Opera Holland park in July.