Born 1954,Thomas Muir was educated at Eton, Dartington College of Arts and Oxford where he read Modern History. For twenty years he taught History and Politics at Stonyhurst College before reading Music at the Universities of York (BA 1stClass) and Durham (Ph.D). His book Roman Catholic Church Music in England 1791-1914: A Handmaid of the Liturgy? (Ashgate, 2008) based on his doctoral research, is the first and only major academic study of an important but neglected field.
A composer since the age of fourteen, he has been taught by Helen Glatz (Dartington), Daryl Runswick, Stephen Montague, Deirde Gribben (COMA courses) and Nicola Le Fanu (York). He has composed and arranged music for a variety of media, including the orchestra, concert band, the stage, but especially for chamber ensembles and the church.
Selected published works, available on CD include 'Legends of the Wildwood', music for an exhibition of paintings by Jane Muir, 'Hodie', Christmas music from Whalley and 'Ribble Sounds', New songs from the North West.
You can purchase Tom's pieces directly from him: Compositions for Sale