Welcome to the Academy of St Thomas

Recognised as one of the UK's foremost ensembles of its kind, the Academy attracts players from across Norfolk, along with loyal and enthusiastic audiences. The orchestra's breadth of repertoire ranges from baroque chamber works to twentieth-century masterpieces.

The Academy of St Thomas was founded by Ivan Cane in 1973 and currently promotes three concerts per year in the Norwich area.

From its first concert in St Thomas Church, Norwich, the Academy of St Thomas was led by Paul Clarke, a position he held for 35 years. After retiring as Leader in 2008, Paul was succeeded by Ben Lowe - a pupil of Frederick Grinke and Yfrah Neaman.

Internationally-renowned maestro Christopher Adey is the orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor and under his direction the orchestra has welcomed many eminent soloists including Michael Collins, John Lill, Steven Isserlis and Kurt Nikkanen.



'Adey with scrupulous attention to every subtle nuance of the score, coaxed excellent playing from this fine band' Eastern Daily Press