Thomas Lessels

Originally from Aberdeen, Thomas studied clarinet at Birmingham Conservatoire with Michael Harris, and in Oslo with Hans-Christian Bræin, before completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury and Timothy Lines. Thomas is a member of the Ossian Ensemble who specialise in commissioning new repertoire and working in collaboration with composers. They were recently featured in a documentary by Paul Joyce following the life and work of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to be shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2010, and also in a BBC documentary showing them working with Goldie towards his 2009 Proms commission. In 2008 he performed the London Premiere of Maxwell Davies’ Bass Clarinet Concerto. He also plays with the European Chamber Players, an octet from across Europe. Thomas was principal clarinet of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2004-7, during which time he was also a member of the Zermatt Festival Akademie, where he played with the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic. Thomas plays with the UK’s leading orchestras, including LSO, RPO, CBSO, BBC NOW and Northern Sinfonia, and has given classes at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall.