Tom began playing the cello at primary school in Wiltshire. He went on to study with Clive Greensmith at the Royal Northern College of Music and then at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a postgraduate. Having won several prizes for both solo and chamber playing whilst a student, he returned from America to spend six months performing across the UK and abroad with the Yeomans String Quartet.
In September 2000, Tom joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as sub-principal cello. He was also co-principal cello with the orchestra of Northern Ballet until 2012, and is regularly to be found in chamber groups and guesting with orchestras across the country.