Concert tribute to Tom

February 02 2015

A CONCERT to commemorate the young, talented musician Tom Eveson was held this month.

A CONCERT to commemorate the young, talented musician Tom Eveson was held this month.

The special gala featured some of Bristol's best musical youth, and raised funds to help young people further their musical studies.

Tom, from Redland, lost his battle to oesophageal cancer in October 2013 at the age of 30. However, in the face of adversity, he maintained an "uncomplaining fortitude, never losing his biscuit-dry sense of humour, or optimistic perspective".

Tom's love affair with music began at an early age. He started playing the recorder at three, then progressively added the piano, trumpet, French horn and orchestral percussion to his repertoire.

By 17, Tom was the principal horn for the County of Avon Schools’ Orchestra, West of England Schools’ Symphony Orchestras, and the Bristol Schools’ Philharmonia.

Following the sudden death of a close school friend, Tom decided to leave school and home, forging a path for himself by composing and performing electronic music.

To support his interest, he balanced a variety of jobs and recorded music under the pseudonym D'Kat.

After deciding to focus more on conventional music making, he was taken under the wing of local pianist Christopher Northam, who hosted the concert on February 1.

In 2011, Tom decided to pursue his original ambition and study for a degree in music at City University in London. However, it was during his studies that Tom began to suffer severe problems from the disease, so he returned back to his home in Bristol. He was diagnosed in May 2012 and passed away 17 months later.

Comments posted on Facebook following Tom's death stated that he was "an exceptional musician" and a "true gentleman" with the "kindest heart".

One friend wrote: "The world has been robbed of a wonderful human being". Another said: "Tom was always interested in other people's experiences and hopes".

He was buried, at his request, under an apple tree in Woodlands Memorial Cemetery in Thornbury.

Tom Eveson