Tomas Arbour


It was through the classical guitar that Tom's entry into the musical world began, starting aged 7 he went on to lead the National Youth Guitar Ensemble and play with the European Youth Guitar Ensemble whilst also picking up the clarinet, electric and acoustic guitars and a fondness for writing.

A few years on and his compositions were being performed publicly, in examinations and many new works commissioned by contemporary dance and theatre companies everywhere from Leeds to Mexico City.

Academically he studied with Robin Hill at the University of Leeds and Susana Prieto and Alexis Muzarakis at Strasbourg Conservatoire.

As a performer Tom now maintains a busy schedule playing all manner of venues. With funk, soul and modern jazz bands on electric guitar playing anywhere from enormous festival stages to underground jazz clubs. He was made the first guitarist on the ultra-luxury cruise yachts of Seabourn, where he also became their youngest ever Assistant Cruise Director.

From there he has performed recitals for Royal families, featured in the World Expo 2010 (Shanghai), praised in the national press and played on prime time BBC Radio; he once also cooked maybe the best beans on toast the world has ever seen. He has recently finished his second record 'Start Here' recorded at the BBC, the first to encompass his mix of interests.

Music: Classical

Music: Folk

Music: Spanish


Londonderry Air - Traditional

El Ultimo Tremolo - Ángel Barrios

Verano Porteno by Ástor Piazzolla and Tango En Skai by Roland Dyens

Prelude in D, from G Major Suite - Johann Sebastian Bach

Repertoire (Selection)

  • A Foggy Day - George Gershwin
  • Air On The G String - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Caprichio Aarabe - Francisco Tárrega
  • Cavatina - Stanley Myers
  • Cissy Strut - The Meeters
  • Danny Boy - Traditional
  • Dia de Novembre - Leo Brouwer
  • Dusk - George Whitefield Chadwick
  • El Decameron Negro - Leo Brouwer
  • El Ultimo Tremolo - Ángel Barrios
  • Embraceable You - George Gershwin
  • Etude No. 1 - Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Julia Florida - Ángel Barrios
  • La Catedrale - Ángel Barrios
  • La Femme Cambree - Pierre Bensusan
  • Lagrima - Francisco Tárrega
  • Las Abejas - Ángel Barrios
  • Libra Sonatine - Roland Dyens
  • Madronos - Federico Moreno Torroba
  • Never too Much - Luther Vandross
  • Pavanne - Maurice Ravel
  • Prelude in C - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Prelude in E - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Prelude in G - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Recuerdos De La Alhambra - Francisco Tárrega
  • Red Baron - Billy Cobham
  • Romance - Anonomous
  • Shake Everything You Got - Maceo Parker
  • Siciliano - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Silent Passenger - Pierre Bensusan
  • Solistice Carol - George Whitefield Chadwick
  • Sound of Bells - Joao Pernambuco
  • St. James Infirmary - Traditional
  • Standchen - Franz Schubert
  • Studies - Mauro Giuliani
  • Tango En Skai - Roland Dyens
  • Tango Verano - Francesco Rossi
  • The Chicken - Jaco Pastorius
  • The Last Pint - Pierre Bensusan
  • Torija - Federico Moreno Torroba
  • Valses Venezolano - Miguel Llobet
  • Verano Porteno - Ástor Piazzolla

Compositions (Selections)

  • 10lbs of sex in a 5lb bag - for Jazz Combo
  • Branch to Broo - for Guitar, Clarinet, Percussion and Electronics
  • Cathedral No. 9 - for Jazz Combo
  • Chrysalis - for Guitar, Percussion and Electronics
  • Cinders - for String Quartet
  • Concord - for Acoustic Guitar
  • House on the Hill - for Jazz Combo
  • Improvisations - for Piano
  • Soleares - for Classical Guitar
  • The Treehouse - for Guitar, Bass, Percussion



  • Classical Guitar: Jean Noel Rohe 2006 No. 26
  • Acoustic Guitar: Taylor 414CE (old model)
  • Electric Guitars: Tyler Studio Elite HD
  • Electric Guitars: Fender USA Stratocaster
  • Amp: Mesa Boogie Lonestar