Tom Hardy has played with many of the UK's leading orchestras and ensembles including the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Ulster Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra as well as working for several years as the bassoon player in the classic West End production of "42nd Street" at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. 

Tom studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GGSM Hons) studying with Ian Cuthill and Dominic Weir (contra) and followed this with post graduate studies at National Centre for Orchestral Studies (under Goldsmith’s College, London).

Whilst at the Guildhall he won Young Musician of the Year for Buckinghamshire which was judged by Lady Barbirolli (Evelyn Rothwell) who singled out his capacity to communicate his enthusiasm for the music as the element that gained him this prize. This led to a concerto being written for him by Colin Cowles which he performed with the Bucks County Youth Orchestra.

Chamber music is central to Tom's career. He was a founder member of two wind chamber groups - Etesian Winds wind quintet and Concertone  (wind and piano ensemble) and played for many years with several London based chamber groups including The Blaze Ensemble and the bassoon quartet Reed Rage