Having undertaken his undergraduate studies at RSAMD (now RCS) under the tutelage of Iain Crawford (Co-Principal Bass BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) Tom continued his double bass studies at the Juilliard School in New York with Timothy Cobb (then Principal Bass Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, now New York Phil) graduating with a Master of Music in 2006.

Since returning, Tom has been appointed Associate Principal Bass with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and also appears regularly with the BBC SSO, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Further appearances have also included performances with the Scottish Ensemble.

In 2009 he co-founded The Scottish Tango Ensemble, performing all styles of tango music from the classic Salon and Milonguera repertoire through to the Nuevo Tango associated with Astor Piazzolla.