Thomas Verity


Thomas Verity studied at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music. He has performed as guest principal with orchestras including the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In September 2011 he took up the post of Principal Second Clarinet / E-flat Clarinet with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights with the RLPO include tours to Spain, China and Japan, and playing principal clarinet in the BBC Proms.

As a member of the Sterling Trio (, Thomas has performed throughout the UK, including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. The Trio have twice been selected for the Making Music Concert Promoters’ Group. He also appears on the Bob the Builder soundtrack!

The Verity / Passmore Duo, in which Thomas partner pianist Simon Passmore, is dedicated to exploring the wealth of music written for clarinet and piano – as well as adding to it by unearthing lesser-known pieces, and through commissions and innovative transcriptions. They have a special interest in music from the British Isles, and have given world première performances of music by Simon Parkin, Martin Bussey and Peter Hope.

Thomas and Simon have been playing together since 2010, with performances to date including recitals in Manchester (St Ann’s Church, RNCM, Hallé St Peter’s), New Brighton, Burnley, Rochdale, Bury and Warrington. They have also played in Brantwood House (home of John Ruskin), the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead, Didsbury Arts Festival and at the Swaledale and Northern Aldborough Festivals. The Duo has been shortlisted for the Park Lane Group’s Young Artists’ Concert Series in London.