Previous choir pianists and musicians
Tom Chapman ↑ back
Tom originally joined Beckenham Junior Choir in 1995 and left in 1999. He then returned in 2002 as a guest pianist and accompanied us in our production of Dracula by Carey Blyton. He then later returned to our team as a regular accompanist, attending our weekly practices and playing at our concerts. Tom is also an accomplished Bassoonist and a singer of high standard. His sister, Emily has accompanied the choir as part of a musical ensemble, playing her Oboe on several occasions.
"John Webber has been a massive influence on my life. He taught me piano from a young age and introduced me to singing."
Tom achieved his Grade 8 piano in 2006, after 10 years of piano lessons with John Webber. He has now gone on to study music at York University.
“John is very good at giving opportunities. He’s amazing at building children’s confidence to perform in a friendly environment that they never thought was possible. John’s ability to organise has given children the chance to play and make music with other children of similar ages from many different schools.”
Tom believes that accompanying the choir greatly helped his piano playing as it introduced him to a wide variety of music and increased his knowledge of many different styles and techniques.
We have just heard from Tom who says “I have had a marvellous experience studying music at York University, learning about composing music and writing a number of pieces myself, including a full scale requiem.
Now that I have finished I’m going to New Zealand for a year to work in the music department of a school in Wanganui on the North Island.”
An update has been received from New Zealand! Tom says: