Thomas Lloyd
June 2020

London Choir Festival 2020 with Thomas Lloyd

London Choir Festival 2020 conducted by Thomas Lloyd

Thomas Lloyd

Thomas Lloyd has enjoyed an unusually diverse career as a conductor, composer, and scholar. The premier recording by Donald Nally and The Crossing of Lloyd’s choral-theater work Bonhoeffer was the only recording of a choral work by an American composer to receive a 2017 Grammy nomination in a performance category. 

As a conductor, he has a depth and breadth of experience working with collegiate, church, and community choirs as longtime director of choral programs at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, and the Bucks County Choral Society. 

His scholarly publications include topics ranging from the music of Edward Elgar, Duke Ellington, and Hans Gál, to the history of the African-American Spiritual and the challenges of conducting sacred music in secular contexts. 

A firm believer in the power of musical collaboration to cross cultural divides, Lloyd has arranged shared performances with over 60 choirs and instrumental ensembles both in the US and across 5 continents over the course of leading 11 international concert tours. Most recently, a 2017 collaboration with the German and Syrian refugee choir Begegnungschor Berlin was featured in the Journal of the International Federation for Choral Music. 

An orchestral musician by training, Lloyd has also conducted over 100 performances of major choral/orchestra works, ranging from the standard works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Fauré, and Verdi to the Philadelphia regional premiers of Elgar’s The Apostles, a concert version of Kurt Weill’s The Eternal Road, and Israeli composer Dov Seltzer’s Lament to Yitzhak, as well as rarely performed works such as Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, the masses of Anton Bruckner, and Ellington’s Sacred Concerts.