Tom Lilburn is a 29-year-old English countertenor. Last year he graduated with distinction from the Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music, where he was an Ian Evans Lombe scholar. At RCM Tom sang Unulfo in Handel’s Rodelinda and Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight. Last autumn he covered Ottone and Narciso in Handel’s Agrippina with English Touring Opera, and this autumn he is covering Ottone and Amore in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with ETO.
Tom is also a Lay Clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and in April 2021 he was one of four singers at the funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh. With the Choir of St George’s Chapel, he has sung at events including the Committal service of Queen Elizabeth II and the weddings of Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie.
An experienced oratorio performer, recent performances include Handel’s Messiah and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, Bach’s St. John Passion, Mass in B Minor and Magnificat, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beatus Vir, Carissimi’s Jepthe and Telemann’s Magnificat in C.
Tom is a member of vocal sextet The Queen’s Six and he has worked with consorts including Tenebrae, The Sixteen, The Binchois Consort and ORA. He is represented by Steve Phillips (general management: opera and concert) and Ann Ferrier (concert), and he studies with Sally Burgess.
Tom grew up in Solihull, where he began singing at St. Alphege Church at the age of seven. In 2007 he was a finalist in BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year. After attending King Edward’s School, Birmingham, Tom was a choral scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He graduated in 2016 with a 2:1 in Natural Sciences. Whilst at university he toured and recorded extensively with the college choir, as well as performing many times with Cambridge University Opera Society.