Thomas Mottershead is an award-winning conductor and tenor, as well as an accomplished pianist, specialising in Classical Music and Musical Theatre.
Set in a 1950s Welsh Valleys’ community Blaze of Glory! follows the fortunes of a small group of miners who embark upon a musical escapade by reforming their Male Voice Choir to raise spirits following a mining disaster. Led by their heroic Chorus Master and supported by the strong-willed women who stand by them, the men embark on a series of adventures: they kidnap a yodeller, take part in the historic trans-Atlantic link-up with Paul Robeson and blaze a trail to the Eisteddfodau and beyond.
Blaze of Glory! celebrates the Land of Song and how community spirit can triumph over adversity. Traditional Welsh harmonies blend with the a cappella sounds of the 1950s, operetta, gospel and big band as our intrepid band of gleemen Lindy Hop their way to glory. Join our men in blazers, for a feel-good performance which will make your heart sing.
Thomas has been working as an animator with Male Voice Choirs around South Wales, preparing them to feature in the performances of Blaze of Glory! across the UK (including Dowlais Male Voice Choir for the world premiere). Tickets are available below!
'That was so beautiful... That is probably my favourite classical singers I've heard' - Anne-Marie
Every harmony was perfect... awesome! - will.i.am
'You deserve that standing ovation from everyone, it was amazing' - Olly Murs
You 'sound so lovely together.' - Sir Tom Jones
An 'amazing performance' - Les Misérables
A 'stand-out duet' - WhatsOnStage
Thomas Mottershead and Emilie Parry-Williams were on Series 11 of The Voice UK and received four chair turns, including a block from Sir Tom Jones!
In March 2022, Thomas had to step in to conduct the entirety of Cardiff Bach Choir's Spring concert, entitled 'Serenade to Music', due to the organist getting COVID, with the Musical Director of Cardiff Bach Choir stepping in to play organ. Here you can see Thomas conducting Vaughan Williams' 'Five Mystical Songs'.
Soloist: Philip Lloyd-Evans
Organist: Stephen Moore
On Friday 24th March, the BBC suspended the decision to axe the BBC Singers after announcing that, as well as this, cuts would be made to the English BBC Orchestras by 20%. The choral world united but it is far from over, as nothing has been confirmed about the future of the orchestras - nor the BBC Singers.
You can help to change this. Follow the link below to be taken to the Musician's Union page where you are able to write to your local MP, the BBC themselves and for more articles and information.