I’m Tom Hughes, a 14-year-old drummer, percussionist, saxophonist and composer from Oxford.

You can contact me here.

BBC Proms Inspire

In June 2018 I was named a winner of the BBC Proms Inspire competition for young composers. My piece, “The Weevil’ng“, was performed by Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Stark, at the Proms Inspire Concert at the BBC’s Radio Theatre on 22 August 2018. 

Rhythm is very important to me as a drummer. I’m interested in unusual time signatures, so set out to see what a piece in 11/8 would sound like.

(published with permission from the BBC, www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06x2k0s)


Two of my Latin/Jazz style compositions. I play all the instruments in these recordings.

Here is “Peruvian Pancake Party” performed by Big Phat Brass at the Westgate Centre in Oxford:


In June 2019 I received an Exhibition Award from Trinity College London for one of the highest scores in the country for Grade 7 Drum Kit in 2018.