Neil Tòmas Smith

Creator, Performer (individual), Project management/Production, Promoter
Professional skills Arranging, Typesetting, Programme notes, Research, Proof reading, Orchestration

Neil Tòmas Smith is a composer of chamber, orchestral and choral works based in Edinburgh. He studied in York and Stuttgart, the latter leading to a keen interest in German contemporary music and a forthcoming book on composer Mathias Spahlinger.

Neil won first prize in the Acht Brücken Composition Competition with Gravitation, which was played by Schlagquartett Köln and broadcast on WDR 3.  His orchestral work, Habitus, was also broadcast in a performance by the WDR Symphony Orchestra.

In 2018/19 Neil took part in the RSNO Composers’ Hub and the LPO Young Composers’ Programme, resulting in the space-inspired diptych Aphelion / Perihelion. He was also selected to take part in the Making Music’s ‘Adopt a Composer’ scheme, during which he worked with Thame Chamber Choir in South Oxfordshire on a new piece, The Hoard.

Current projects include a collaboration with Esther Kate Swift on a work for speaking harpist, a new piece for Rebecca Hardwick using quotations from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and Stop Motion Music for 3 flutes and vibraphone.

News and New Projects Strange Machines CD Launch
Residence/Main Office Edinburgh
Year of birth 1987
Contact email


Title Year composed Instrumentation Genre
Perihelion 2018 Ensemble (with conductor)
The Music Lesson 2020 Solo instrument
Strange Machines 2014 Solo instrument
so much altered 2017 Vocal
Scaffold for Simon 2016 Solo instrument
See the full list of works by Neil Tòmas Smith


Date Title Venue
28 Mar 2024, 4:05 p.m. First Among Equals: New Chamber Music with Soloists University of Edinburgh Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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