Thomas Lydon


Essential bonding over curry with Catherine Beddison (third from left) and Tom Lydon (foreground), our two fantastic choral directors, past and present.

Composer, arranger and editor Tom Lydon is Harlequin’s Music Director.

Thomas is a commissioning editor for Rhinegold Education, part of the Music Sales Group. He was the editor of Music Teacher magazine for several years, and was head of content for the 2014 and 2015 Music Education Expo conferences.

A choral specialist, he is also chorus master at Haslemere Musical Society. He is a regular arranger for the Novello Choral Pops series, and is responsible for the arrangements in its volume on James Bond songs. He has recorded several albums of choral music for the Guild label, including O Magnum Mysterium, a collection of Christmas music, with the Choir of Lincoln College, Oxford.

His large-scale compositions include a Christmas oratorio for adult and children’s voices, The Night Before Christmas, and a concerto for euphonium and loopstation, premiered in 2014 by Philippe Schwartz. In early 2015, he produced an orchestral work for Skipton Camerata as part of the Arts Council-funded Song Of The Sea That Was project.

As a writer, his work can be found on and in a new music encyclopedia Music Chronologies, described by Philip Glass as ‘A great reference tool for anyone who wants to explore the history of music’.

He studied music at the universities of Oxford and Leeds.