Language and Music Teacher
Pianist, Musician and Singer
SIGLUS AND THE BLACK PEA
New Release: December 2022
A fanciful tale in the epic genre based around the figure of Siglus. Inspired by the forests of the Jura.
THE CRIME OF THE BOURGEOIS WALLENSTEIN
Published in July 2022.
Independently published on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
The English version of Wallenstein's adventures, translated and adapted from the French original. Inspired by life in London and a sojourn in Montpellier.
THE WALLENSTEIN SONATA
Independently released in 2015.
A large-scale romantic work in four movements.
Composed, performed, recorded and produced by Thomas at Fisher King home studio in London. Mastered by Mattia Sartori.
IN THE GREAT DAWN
FOR PIANO AND TENOR
Independently released in 2017
A large-scale romantic lied in three sections, based on a setting of Rupert Brooke's poem 'Second Best'. Performed by Caspar Singh, tenor, and Thomas, piano. Composed, recorded and produced by Thomas at Fisher King home studio in London.
Graduating from the International School of Geneva, La Chataigneraie, Thomas studied Philosophy, Literature and Music at Sarah Lawrence College. He spent a year on exchange at Wadham College, Oxford University. He further studied Composition and Orchestration at the Conservatoire de Musique of Geneva during which time he was a chorister in the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne. He later did a PGCE in Secondary Music at the London Institute of Education.
Moving to London in 2001, Thomas formed the band Siglus and also played piano in a club. He taught Music at Sir John Cass secondary school then moved on to teach the piano privately. He is currently teaching EFL in Oxford.
Thomas usually performs publicly at the piano once a year, giving a recital of his recent works.
His classical opus includes:
The English Sonata, in four movements, for piano (2021). In The Great Dawn: a setting of Rupert Brooke’s ‘Second Best’, for tenor voice and piano (2017). The Perfect Revelation of the Lord: a setting of Psalm 19, for treble choir and piano (2016). The Wallenstein Sonata, in four movements, for piano (2015). The Rainbow, for viola and piano (2014). Opus One for Piano, 12 Episodes (2012). Symphonie d'Amour for String Orchestra (2001), adapted from the Sonate d’Amour (2000). Reflets de Ste. Hélène: a setting of Napoleon’s ‘Mémoires’, for tenor voice and piano (2000). The Angel of the Last Hour: a setting of Byron’s ‘Stanzas for Music’, for soprano voice and chamber string orchestra (1999). Fantômes, ou Méditations sur une Phantasmagorie, in four movements, for piano (1998). La Prisonnière, for string quartet (1996).
Unfinished works include an Elvis libretto with accompanying musical sketches, and sketches for a setting of Rimbaud’s ‘Une Saison en Enfer’.
Thomas’s rock music discography includes the albums: Siglus (2000); Where the River Knows (2002); Monkey in the White House (2003), April Winds (2006), The Waters of Siloe (2009), The Emperor’s New Clothes (2016) and Galaxion (2018).
The frogs were an example unto us all, in those days, a good example to
follow. Greater than the gods, greater than the prophets, and greater than all
the messengers of the kingdom combined.
For the word of man is no deeper than a gust of wind under eternity. And
all the wise counsels are foreshadowed by nothingness, and by the
shallowness of existence. Speech must look to silence, and action, to
from Siglus and the Black Pea
by Thomas Bove