Thomas Hancox is both principal flute of Northern Ballet and co-principal flute of Britten Sinfonia. He also works regularly as guest principal flute for other orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English National Opera, and the English Chamber Orchestra, amongst others. Solo and chamber work has led to collaborations with artists and ensembles including the Allegri and Sacconi string quartets, Haffner Ensemble, Trevor Pinnock, and Jeremy Denk, with recitals in the Cheltenham, Spitalfields, St Davids, Canterbury, and Oxford Chamber Music festivals.
Dedicated to bringing music to all, Thomas is Chief Executive of CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, a charity that introduces and makes available chamber music to young people. With his harpist duo partner, Rachel Wick, he has also been an artist for Live Music Now, a charity that brings the joy and power of live music to those who otherwise would not be able to access it.
Having previously taught at King's College London and the Dragon School, Oxford – and for the best part of a decade as a tutor on the ever-popular Flute Kitchen summer course in Harrogate – he now gives classes at music departments and colleges throughout the UK.
Thomas read music at St Peter's College, Oxford, from where he graduated with a first, before pursuing further studies in Paris with Patrick Gallois, and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music with Paul Edmund-Davies and Samuel Coles, finishing with a distinction and the honorary DipRAM. He was generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, and the Craxton Memorial Trust.
'special mention for the flautist Thomas Hancox's exquisite Bach'
‘Thomas Hancox enjoys complete technical control, his phrasing is awesome, his tonal quality in all registers is beguiling and he communicates informatively and humorously with his admirers’
The Westmorland Gazette
'Thomas Hancox's superb artistry'