Tom McKinney was born in Stoke-on-Trent and studied at the Royal Northern College of
Music with Gordon Crosskey and
He now plays with many of the UK’s leading
new music groups such as Psappha, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Ensemble 10:10. He
has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at Aldeburgh Festival,
Brighton Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary
Music Festival, Buxton Festival, St.Magnus Festival, Warwick
Festival and Lancaster International Concert Series.
Working closely with composer Larry
Goves, he is a founder member of the brilliantly bonkers group
the house of bedlam, and a member of the
quintet dedicated to the authentic performance of the music of
Tom has played with the BBC
Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Halle, Britten Sinfonia,
City of London Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestras
in repertoire ranging from Bernstein to Boulez, under many
great conductors such as Martyn Brabbins, Andrew Davis, Mark Elder, Oliver Knussen,
Gianandrea Noseda and Ilan Volkov. He has also performed at the BBC Proms,
in a guitar quartet alongside Craig Ogden, Gary Ryan and Amanda
Cook, with Scottish Ballet at
the Edinburgh Festival, violinist David Juritz and the London Tango Quintet,
and in arrangements of music by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra for
Birmingham Royal Ballet.
He also once taught a naked actress how
to play a Fisher Price toy guitar whilst sitting in a bath for a short BBC 2
film directed by Danny Boyle, a career highlight
which he will never surpass.
In February 2012 BBC Radio 3
broadcast 'Inspired by Birds', a Saturday feature written and
presented by Tom which investigated the
influence of birds on music and which was selected for Pick of
the Week on Radio 4 and in every broadsheet paper. Tom also presents Radio 3's 'Live
in Concert' from the north of England and the
Midlands, broadcasting from major events such as the opening
night of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, BBC Piano Season and
the Baroque Spring Season.
Tom lives in the Peak District with his
wife Sarah and daughter Nancy. He plays a 1999 Paul Fischer and a Gibson SG. He
enjoys spending time in Ladbrokes and writing biographical
entries about himself in a third-person voice.