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We started Captured in Music in 2018 as a business capturing memories in music by creating a bespoke piece of music as a unique gift.

Our musical director, Tom Milford, is a passionate musician having worked for many years as a conductor, performer, arranger and composer in the military band and concert band world and is now expanding our business into creating opportunities for like minded musicians to come together for a weekend of music making.

Helen is Tom’s wife and business partner. She is also an experienced musician having played flute and piccolo for many years in an Army Reserve Band and other ensembles. She also works as a flute teacher and recently retired from her role as a software developer.

Her role in the business is multi faceted and she can be found glued to a computer working on IT projects to support our business, helping with day to day administration or pretty much anything else that Tom doesn’t want to do!

More about Tom…

Tom began his musical career at the age of 8, joining the Salvation Army Band in his home town of Sunderland. At the age of 16, he joined the Army, enlisting into the Light Infantry School of Music at Shrewsbury. After serving 13 years as principal cornet within the 3rd Battalion Light Infantry, he was recommended to attend the Student Bandmasters course held at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.

Tom graduated in 1995 winning prizes for conducting and composition. He was also one of the first Bandmasters to graduate with a musical degree in collaboration with Kingston University.

In July 1996, he was appointed Bandmaster of the Royal Lancers Band based in Bovington, Dorset and in February 2000 he had the privilege to be appointed Bandmaster to one of the finest Bands in the British Army – The Coldstream Guards.

Tom left Regular Service in 2001. In 2003 he was commissioned Captain into the Territorial Army as Director of Music the Royal Signals (Northern) Band. He has worked with several voluntary bands including the West Yorshire Fire and Resue Service Band and the Royal Air Force Honington Band.

He loves teaching and has encouraged and developed many aspiring musicians to achieve excellent results in examinations in a number of subjects, including music theory, conducting and instrumental grades and diplomas.

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