Live Performances

Tom is an experienced live performer, both as an acoustic guitarist/vocalist and piano/vocalist. Tom has performed at countless open mic nights and ran his own successful weekly nights at Yellow Pub and The Belle Vue in Bangor, as well as performing 3-hour weekly residencies there during his university years. Tom has performed at a number of public events and concerts including charity shows, acoustic showcases and has headlined a number of Brighton’s venues as a solo artist as well as with his band. Tom is known for his powerful performances, strong vocal delivery and interesting take on classic and popular songs.

CONTACT TOM

Tom is available to hire for private events and public performances including:

  • Private functions – Weddings, birthday parties and other social functions
  • Pub/ restaurant performances
  • Hosting open mic nights/ acoustic evenings

Tom has an extensive range of original material and a wide variety of cover songs ranging from The Beatles up to the present day. You can download a PDF of Tom’s current setlist below. Tom is also happy to work on requests for songs with enough time given.

BOOK TOM FOR YOUR VENUE OR EVENT

Examples From Setlist

Aloe Blacc/ Avicii – Wake Me Up

Athlete – Half Light

Bastille – Pompeii

Billy Joel – Always A Woman

Blink 182 – All The Small Things

Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man

Clean Bandit – Rather Be

Coldplay – Green Eyes

Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do

Elton John – Your Song

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams

Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly

George Ezra – Budapest

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah

Katie Perry – Teenage Dreams

KT Tunstall – Other Side Of The World

Kylie Minogue – Love At First Sight

Lemar – If There’s Any Justice

Lou Reed – Perfect Day

Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me

Oasis – Let There Be Love

Paolo Nutini – Last Request

Savage Garden – Moon and Back

Seal – Kiss From A Rose

Snow Patrol – Run

The Beatles – 8 Days A Week

The Killers – Mr Brightside

The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Tracey Chapman – Fast Car

Will Young – All Time Love

DOWNLOAD – Covers – September 2017

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Hamlin – My First Feature Film

BYFA Banner Tom Sayer Hamlin 2015

Just over 2 weeks ago I was contacted by a friend of mine who I had worked with at university, writing the music for a number of short films that he made during his degree at Manchester University. He told me that he was working on a new feature film this summer with the British Youth Film Academy (BYFA) which is sponsored by the Cooperative. Every summer the BYFA runs a summer camp where a feature film is made in just 5 weeks. Reece had been working with the BYFA for a number of years and is the producer of the new film, Hamlin, which is to be shot in Leyland, Lancashire over the upcoming weeks, starting on July 13th. He was looking for a composer for the score of this film and also somebody to act as the Head of Music for any music students who attended the summer camp and approached me to see if I would be interested in the role.

After showing my showreel to the Director, she was pleased to be able to offer me the position and I was thrilled to be able to accept the offer!

I will be heading up to Leyland in a couple of days to get settled in and ready for the start of the camp on 13th July.

I’ve read through the script, which is great and has a strong music relevance, and I think has the potential for a lot of interesting short compositions throughout, in addition to a main theme which will be used extensively during the film.

Hamlin - Scrabble

This is the first time I have worked on a film set, on a feature film and on site for the duration of the filming and I can’t wait to get started on the project!


Songwriting

Tom Sayer Sofar Sounds Brighton

Before composing for film, I started out as a young songwriter, aged 14. After developing my skills through open mics, playing with other musicians and studying songwriting, I was able to refine my craft and utilise my songwriting skills to write for image/film. Here are a few examples of my songwriting for film:

All I’ve Got – Quantum of Solace Alternative Titles – 03:15 

Firefighters – Dir: Matthew Holmes – 03:32

Dreaming of Gravity – Dir: Matthew Holmes – 02:56

One Day Like This (arrangement) – Song by Elbow – 04:11

Heartstrings – Animator: Rhiannon Evans – 02:45

Ease Away – Prague Project – 02:28


Past Projects – Animation

Image by Marissa Niamir

During my MA I was lucky enough to work with some fantastic animators from Glamorgan University. Here are a few of my favourite pieces that I worked on with them.

Off The Rails – Animator: Stephen Shelley – 03:29 

Bants Bingo and A Bear – Animator: Ashley Treacy – 04:36

Marissa Niamir Showreel – 04:21


 


Past Projects – Short Films

The Schoolgirls, The Nazis and The Purple Triangles – Dir: Johnny Lewis – 29:29 

Wales’ Oldest Cinema – Dir: Jonny Lewis – 02:24

The Melancholy Nature of Magnetic Fields – Dir: Nicola Hamon – 04:11

Lock Stock and Cornershop – Dir: Elliot Albarran & Nik Grantham – 11:26

Farmer’s Apprentice 2012: Episode 5 – Dir: Adam Hamilton – 09:44

 

 


Mavron Quartet Commission

Tom Sayer with Mavron Quartet - October 2012

The Mavron Quartet premièred Tom’s commission, the Doubt Quartet, at Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead last Friday. Although the audience was smaller than everyone would have liked, the piece proved to be very popular, sparking lots of positive comments about both the quartet and the composer.

Tom has thoroughly enjoyed his collaboration with the Mavron Quartet and hopes to work with them again in the future.

Watch a video of the full performance below:


Past Projects – Ucheldre Composer In Residence

Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead

Whilst studying my MA in Composition for Film at Bangor University, I was fortunate enough to have a placement at Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead. During my year of study, I composed a number of pieces for the centre based on the art exhibitions which they had on there. Below you can watch the videos of some of the exhibitions soundtracked by my compositions.

I finished my residency with a concert showcasing my pieces to raise money for the Centre, supported by a string quartet which I formed for four Bangor University music students, Emily Bowen, Michael Pitts, Sophie Goveia and Greg Llewellyn-Jenkins.

Tom Sayer String Quartet Ucheldre Concert Flyer

Ynys Mon Mind Exhibition – 05:00 

Cauldron Quilts Exhibition – 04:54

Mutable Figures, Flux of Landscape – 04:08

Noteworthy – 02:42

Falling Into Place – 04:32

Anglesey Homeless Art Exhibition – 06:27