Tom Boyd Biography

Born in Indianapolis Indiana, USA


Shortridge High School, Indianapolis

Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington

The American Academy of Dramatic Arts - New York

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama - London

Private music composition studies with George Tremblay, Los Angeles


Program Supervisor, WTTV television, Indianapolis

Story analyst, Paramount Studios, Hollywood

Story analyst for the Westinghouse Playhouse TV drama series, Desilu Studios, Hollywood

Co-Proprietor (with Sally Boyd), The Chelsea House restaurant, Westwood Village, Los Angeles


Chelsea House restaurant, Westwood Village, Los Angeles, 1960-1962

Advertising agencies (creative departments) in London: Charles Hobson & Grey (Greys), Ogilvy & Mather, BBDO

Singer/comedian HARRY SECOMBE in a Wagnerian TV commercial for GPO telephones (now British Telecom), with words and music by Tom Boyd for BBDO

The feline EARTHA KITT purr-forms three more of Tom Boyd's commercials for telephones

The much-loved character actress IRENE HANDL also plugs telephone talk for Tom.

The Two Ronnies

Comic actor RONNIE BARKER in yet another TV commercial for the telephone campaign, written for him by Tom Boyd.


Tom Boyd (as a nun) with comedian RONNIE CORBETT in a cinema commercial he wrote for the Milk Marketing Board 'drinka pinta milka day' campaign, for Ogilvy and Mather


Jazz singer ANNIE ROSS sings 3 of Tom Boyd's TV advertising jingles for Long Life Beer - King Krunch Chocolate Bar - Delight Margarine


 Click here to see and hear more of Tom Boyd's jolly jingles


Principal, All-in-English total immersion language school, Hampstead, London

Director, English Language Enterprises, producers of EFL material

Journalist - interviewer (click HERE for list) and international correspondent for Speak Up magazine (pub. Italy, Spain, France, former Yugoslavia & Brazil).



  Tom Boyd interviewing the former British Prime Minister, HAROLD WILSON, 1985 and (right) academy award-winning actor JEREMY IRONS 1986

Tom Boyd's theme music jingle that introduced the audio cassette which came with every issue of Speak Up magazine

Director, Englang Publishing, Poulton, Gloucestershire

Co-Director (with Sally Boyd) Poulton Productions

Below: Live shows in the Poulton village hall with local talent , produced and directed by Tom Boyd - PARTY PIECES 1995 (40 minutes) and THE POULTON MUSIC HALL 1996 (40 minutes)

Stage director/ librettist, Malvern Hills Opera

Co-Director (with William Bell), Bel Canto Opera

Above: duet from THE ELIXIR OF LOVE by Donizetti - Words and direction by Tom Boyd

September 2005: The Cheltenham Arts Council awarded Tom Boyd the Opera Cup for innovation and interpretation of operas.
Publications and/or original work produced:

Theatre: Book, music & lyrics for stage musicals: Chalet and Heavens to Betsy (Indianapolis), We’re From Missouri (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London), Tom Sawyer, (Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London and touring), Incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tower Theatre, Canonbury, London) Tom Sawyer 2010 revival (Poulton and Cirencester, Gloucestershire), Tom Sawyer 2012 production:New London Playhouse, New Hampshire USA, June 2013.













UP FROM NEW ORLEANS from the 2010 revival production of Tom Boyd's musical, Tom Sawyer


Radio/Television: composer: Theme music for Four Faces of Christ (BBC TV) - writer: English Overheard (BBC World Service), Both Ends Meet /Dora (ITV comedy series starring Dora Bryan).

DORA BRYAN in Dinner at 8, one of the episodes from the weekly TV sit-com series DORA (previously BOTH ENDS MEET) written by Tom Boyd together with Stanley Segal and Jessica Taylor 1972. (right) Fanny Carby, Timothy Bateson, Ivor Dean and Dora.

Recording: writer/producer: The English Speaking World a 12 part cassette series with a cast that includes Alan Bates, Sinead and Sorcha Cusack, Jeremy Irons, Peter Barkworth, Gordon Jackson, and Keith Michel.

The young JEREMY IRONS recording The English Speaking World, in Tom's recording studio in Hampstead, London, 1982

Books: Editor, designer and contributor to Lest We Forget (2014); author: Revised 'green' edition of All in the Family (2014); Revised ''red' edition of All in the Family; (2013) Revised and enlarged edition of A World in a Grain of Sand - Poulton, a Cotswold Village Revealed (2012); Script and lyrics of the musical Tom Sawyer (2010); Blue edition All in the Family (2009); A World in a Grain of Sand - Poulton, a Cotswold Village Revealed (1993); A Bowl of Cherries (1992); In Their Own Words (1988); America and Britain in Contrast (1985)

CD: A Hoosier Harvest - a cycle of 10 songs based on the poems of the Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley


Opera librettos (English versions) writer/director: Dr Miracle (Bizet) The Impresario (der Schauspieldirektor - Mozart), The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach) Tosca (Puccini), Rigoletto (Verdi), Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Lakme (Delibes), Martha (Flotow), The Elixir of Love (L’elisir d’amore - Donizetti), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor - Nicolai), Don Pasquale (Donizetti) and The Magic Flute (die Zauberflöte - Mozart)

Doctor Miracle
The Impresario
The Tales of Hoffmann
Hansel and Gretel


The Elixir of Love
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Don Pasquale
The Magic Flute

All of Tom Boyd's English versions of the operas were performed between 1996 and 2007 by Bel Canto Opera in Gloucestershire, England*

* except The Tales of Hoffmann which was performed by Malvern Hills Opera at the Festival Theatre, Great Malvern

Tom Boyd's English version of MARTHA was performed by HADDO HOUSE OPERA, Aberdeen, Scotland in 2005

Tom Boyd's English version of THE ELIXIR OF LOVE was performed by STANLEY OPERA, Concordia Theatre, Hinkley Leicestershire England in April, 2008

Tom Boyd's English version of TOSCA performed by HIGH DESERT OPERA, Colorado, USA, July, 2008, and by the INTIMATE OPERA COMPANY, Pasadena, California, USA April 2010

Tom Boyd's English version of RIGOLETTO was performed by STANLEY OPERA, Concordia Theatre, Hinkley, Leicestershire England in April, 2011

click here for Tom Boyd interview in the OXFORD TIMES Feb. 2007

click here for article about Tom Boyd in Poulton in the Wilts & Glos STANDARD 2005

click for Tom Boyd interview in the Gloucestershire ECHO 2002

and here for Tom Boyd profile in the Wilts & Glos STANDARD 1995



Married to Sally Milford


1 daughter: Polly, publishing editor (married to Mark Palmer, Marketing and Sales NEW WAVE SEAFOODS

1 son: Tim, (proprietor, NEW WAVE SEAFOODS (catering) and retail: NEW WAVE FISH SHOP, CIRENCESTER (married to Maisie Ingram)

Daughter Polly and son Tim



 Bella Boyd (born 21 January 2010) , Hector (18) and Jessica (21) Palmer

Two of the grand children, painted by Tom Boyd

Bella at the Rose Arch, Poulton, and Jessica Dancing at the Durga Puja, Calcutta

Son-in-law Mark Palmer and daughter-in-law Maisie Boyd née Ingram

A fully functional family - all living in the Cotswolds

Gloucestershire, England



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