Thomas’s career spans orchestral performance, chamber music, solo recitals and recording projects. He also enjoys teaching and outreach work, as well as composition and improvisation.
Thomas is principal clarinet with Welsh National Opera, and has performed as guest principal with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Opera House, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Royal Northern Sinfonia. He was a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years, followed by a year as Associate Clarinet with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.
Chamber music highlights include working with Stephen Hough in a quintet concert in The Music Room (Liverpool Philharmonic Hall), and with the Heath Quartet (described by the BBC as ‘a performance of blazing intensity’). Other appearances have included Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Thomas’s recording of Peter Hope’s Clarinet Sonata (a work he also commissioned) was described as “sensitive and polished” (American Record Guide).
And on a completely different note, Thomas plays with Klezmer-ish (www.klezmerish.com), a classical / world music fusion quartet. Performances have included repeat visits to The Music Room (Liverpool Philharmonic Hall), Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and London’s Green Note. The group were featured artists on BBC Radio 3’s ‘World on Three’, and their albums Music of the Travellers and Dusty Road (Riverboat Records) have been described as ‘note perfect’ (Songlines) and ‘a joyous combination of playfulness and precision’ (The Times).