Thomas Haywood is renowned for his unique ability to make the greatest music of all time come alive on the King of Instruments. He has developed an extensive repertoire of over 5,000 works. Also a prolific transcriber, his solo concert organ arrangements of the most famous classical and romantic music are published for world-wide distribution. Heywood performs regularly to thousands each year as part of Organ Concerts Australia, the pipe organ management company founded with his wife Simone in 1997.
Heywood’s schedule includes tours of the USA, Ireland and the UK, dazzling audiences from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to San Diego, California.
Born into a Melbourne musical family in 1974, Heywood was acknowledged to be a child prodigy, giving his first public performance at five. Since then, he has performed in thousands concert halls, town halls, cathedrals and churches around the world ranging from a celebrated recital in the Sydney Opera House at the age of 17 to performances throughout Europe. He regularly inaugurates new and restored organs. Since 1994, he has performed more concerts in Australia than any other organist and he was the first Australian musician in history to make a professional living as a concert organist.
Since 1992 when he released Australia’s best-selling organ recording at only 18 years of age, Heywood’s many CD and video recordings have all been popular sell-out successes. In 2001, his monumental premiere recording on the new Melbourne Town Hall organ “Who Needs An Orchestra!” broke organ sales records. It featured Heywood’s arrangement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, marking the first time that a solo artist has successfully performed this colossal work. Heywood’s extraordinary success in reaching out to the vast concert-going public has made the critics claim that he “reincarnates Edwin H. Lemare,” the greatest concert organist of the twentieth century and Portland’s municipal organist 1921-23.