Fred Thomas studied jazz piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music and is one of London’s most sought after multi-instrumentalists and composer / ar-ranger / producers. A member of the F-IRE Collective, he recently embarked on a quartet of J.S. Bach recordings. His first is a trio with Aisha Orazbayeva and Lucy Railton which plays Thomas’ transcriptions of Bach’s Chorale Preludes, the scores of which are published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen. His second, Electrofeit, is a solo or-gan record and features the multi-tracking of fugues inspired by the work of historian Hayden White.
Other projects include The Beguilers, a sextet that interprets Thomas’s song settings of poetry; his Polyphonic Jazz Band, a quintet that explores improvised counterpoint; an ongoing recording of contemporary interpretations of the medieval Chantilly Co-dex; a duo with his violinist father Peter Thomas; and a Richard Wagner tribute band.
Fred Thomas has appeared or collaborated with a wide variety of artists, including Ethan Iverson, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jordi Savall, Jarvis Cocker, Tamara Stefa-novich, Olivia Chaney, Basquiat Strings, Kadialy Kouyate, Leo Abrahams, Lisa Knapp, Mor Karbasi, CBSO, Elysian Quartet, Jason Yarde, Alice Zawadzki, The Magic Lantern, Seb Rochford, Maurizio Ravalico, Oren Marshall, Martin Speake, and Liam Noble, as well as record labels Harmonica Mundi and Realworld. He has toured worldwide with Filter Theatre and as musical director with Shakespeare’s Globe. He teaches at Trinity Laban and as a producer has recorded albums for many artists in Europe. His most recent compositions were commissioned by BitterSuite and Phaedra Ensemble and are being performed internationally and at the Royal Opera House, London.