Neil Thomson, born 1966, is now in his second season as Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Filarmonica de Goias in Brazil. He studied with Norman Del Mar at the Royal College of Music and later at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Kurt Sanderling. He has conducted and recorded with both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia and has worked with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Halle, Royal Scottish National and Royal Philharmonic Concert orchestras in the UK, Tokyo Philharmonic in Japan, Aarhus Symphony in Denmark, the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, the WDR Orchestra in Cologne and orchestras in Israel, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Mexico, Oman and Lithuania.
He was Head of Conducting at the Royal College of Music. The youngest ever incumbent of this post (first held by Sir Adrian Boult in 1916 and thereafter by conductors such as Sir Malcolm Sargent, Constant Lambert, Vernon Handley and Norman Del Mar), he has established an enviable reputation as an orchestral trainer.
He has conducted films live to screen with performances of Wizard of Oz, Singing’ in the Rain, North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, American in Paris and Psycho, at such venues as the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall.