Born in Cardiff, Tomos Watkins graduated from his Master’s in Choral Conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Distinction, where he studied with Sarah Tenant-Flowers, Neil Ferris and Adrian Partington. While a student, he was generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales and won a number of awards, including the Fujisawa Male Voice Choir Prize for Choral Conducting for two years consecutively.
He is Director of Music at the University Church and Catholic Chaplaincy in Cardiff, where he conducts the professional choir, and Musical Director of chamber choirs The Collegium Singers and The Handful. He also conducts Taffs Well Community Singers, where he has lived (almost) continuously since the age of five.
Before moving back to Wales, he was Organ Scholar of Pembroke College Oxford, where he was responsible for the Chapel Choir, and Musical Director of one of Oxford’s leading chamber choirs, The Arcadian Singers. With his semi-professional chamber choir, Plebs Angelica, he engaged in projects such as Invocation alongside the jazz pianist Robert Mitchell, and an a cappella cantata performance of excerpts from Björk’s album, Post, arranged by Chris May.
Tomos is Musical Director of Oxford-based opera company Faded Ink Productions, with whom he has directed Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (‘Gothic opera at its best’ – The Oxford Culture Review) and Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea.
As a singer, he has given a number of solo recitals, as well as concert orchestral solos, including covering the bass solos for WNO’s recent Magnificat Journey project. He was recently engaged as Vocal Coach for the upcoming Channel 4/Netflix production, Jerusalem, and is active as a keyboardist, most recently accompanying for the Royal Welsh College’s productions of Magic Flute and La Cenerentola, numerous Eton Choral Courses, and the National Youth Choir of Wales