GREGOR Thomson - Drumkit and Percussion Tutor

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Beginning at the age of 10, Gregor’s interest in percussion began with the drum kit.  He went on to be awarded a music scholarship at Reed’s School in 2014, and in 2016 he began attending the Junior Royal Academy of Music where he studied for 3 years alongside his school commitments.

Gregor was awarded a Scholarship to study at the Royal college of music; having taken up this offer, he began studying in the September 2019 as a first year undergraduate, and was further made a Soirée d’Or Scholar during February 2020. This was given from the Ladies of the Soirée d’Or committee, something of which he is hugely grateful and thankful for in aid of his studies.  

Gregor has played in a number of orchestras such Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra of which he was made principal percussionist during his final two years there.  In 2018 he won a coveted place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.  Playing in many of the country’s great music venues, Gregor’s year with the NYO culminated in a performance with solo violinist Nicola Benedetti at the Proms in July 2019.

Gregor has recently joined the Indie pop band ‘The Valla’ as of September 2021. The band has recently performed in renowned London venues such as the Spice of Life and the Bedford. The band has more upcoming concerts such as the Half Moon in Putney and a live lounge fundraising event at Southampton University in November.

Gregor co-formed the band ‘Electric Sofa’ in 2017. He describes their music as Indie Rock with a touch of jazz.  The band has played at a number of London venues and has tracks accessible on SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Music.  Electric Sofa was recently the subject of a short film by Klajdi Ymeri available on YouTube.

Gregor performed the Ney Rosauro’s marimba concerto for the first time at the Cadogan Hall in March 2019. Whilst only a few months later, he was asked to play the concerto again with the St John’s Oxford orchestra in November that year.  

Since the start of Gregor’s time at the Royal college of Music, he has played in numerous ensembles and performances. During his first term, Gregor has played in the winter philharmonic project at college, whilst also being made drummer for the college’s swing band.

Outside of College, Gregor played the Rite of Spring with the Universities’ of London symphony orchestra as principal timpanist, whilst also playing drum kit in performances with the imperial college big band.

Outside of his studies, Gregor has a keen passion for seeing live music; watching both the BBC symphony orchestra in concert and the Canadian punk band ‘PUP’ at the electric ballroom pre-covid. Outside of music, Gregor also has a keen passion for running and reading apocalyptic novels when time allows.