Following work as an assistant to Sir Ronald Harwood on 2011’s Beloved Friend gala, Tom co-wrote and directed 2012’s star-studded, ROH fundraiser: Golden Story, Shakespeare’s Gift To Opera. Telling the story of composers’ attempts to set Shakespeare over the last four hundred years, it was conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano with the Royal Opera House Orchestra and a cast including Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Simon Russell Beale, Sam West, Robert Poulton and Eva Maria Westbroek among many others (including 12 year old Danny Traves from Temple Church Choir, singing the original Willow Song from Othello).
Due to the success of the performance in ROH, Golden Story went on to be performed in June 2013 at Buckingham Palace, where the cast included Adrian Lester, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Rory Kinnear, Olivia Vinall, Jacques Imbrailo, Rebecca Evans, Hibla Gerzmava, Charles Castronovo, Ronald Samm and Simon Callow. With Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. The performance was co-directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner.