British countertenor Tom Scott-Cowell is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where he completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees with distinction, studying with Dinah Harris. During his time at the RCM he was generously supported by a Help Musicians UK Maidment Award, a Help Musicians UK Fleming Award, a Douglas and Hilda Simmons Scholarship, a Pidem Foundation Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Recent engagements have included Korimako in Agreed (Glydndebourne), Eustizio in Rinaldo (Glyndebourne Tour ’19), Mago Christiano (Cover) in Rinaldo (Glydnebourne Festival), as well as making his US debut as Ottone in L’incoronazione of Poppea (Opera Theatre of St. Louis) and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare for English Touring Opera. Tom will make his English National Opera Debut in El Niño this February.
Other engagements have included Händel’s Messiah, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne and Israel in Egypt, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Stabat Mater, Bach’s Magnificat, St John Passion, BWV 131, Actus Tragicus, B Minor Mass, Tavener’s Lament for Jerusalem, Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art, Bernstein’s Chichester Pslams, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Britten’s Canticles II and IV, Polinesso (Ariodante) and Gernando (Faramondo) for the London Handel Festival with Laurence Cummings, the title role in Händel’s Acis and Galatea (1732), L’Humana Fragilitá and Pisandro (cover) in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Monteverdi) for English Touring Opera, Nireno in Giulio Cesare (Händel) for ETO as well as covering the role of Tolomeo, Unulfo in Rodelinda (Händel), Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) for Royal College of Music International Opera School, Sorcerer in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell for New Generation Festival, Armindo in Partenope (Händel) for Iford Arts and Prospero in The Enchanted Island (Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Sams) for British Youth Opera.
Tom’s love for classical music began at an early age, and at 8 years old won a choral scholarship to Westminster Abbey under James O’Donnell and developed quickly as a strong solo performer. At the Abbey, as well as the daily services, he took part in many concerts and televised events, sang in the Prom concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, and toured extensively in the USA, Germany, Denmark and Spain. He also contributed to a number of recordings with the Abbey choir including The Feast of St Edward and Trinity Sunday. In 2006 Tom became a Music Scholar at Radley College.