Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist Thomas Atkins completed a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance Voice) at the New Zealand School of Music under the tutelage of Jenny Wollerman. In September 2013 he commenced study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London

Thomas Atkins is the recipient of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama award, the Sheila Prior Prize, the Phoebe Patrick Award and the Vianden International Summer School Award, all from the 2012 IFAC Australian Singing Competition.  He also received 1st Place in the Recital Class, the Harding Morris Challenge Cup and the Robin Dumbell Memorial Cup at the 2012 Wellington Aria Competition. He holds the Moyra Todd Memorial Scholarship 2012, the Kapiti Chorale Award in Vocal Performance 2011, and a full scholarship at New Zealand School of Music for 2009.

Tom has studied piano to Grade 8 (ABRSM) and has attended the New Zealand Opera School for the past two years. He was also a finalist in the 2012 IFAC Australian Singing Competition. Roles include Don Ottavio (cover): Don Giovanni (NZ Opera); Corrado: Il Corsaro (NZSM); Ferrando: Così Fan Tutte (Opera in a Days Bay Garden) (Auckland Opera Studio); Oronte: Alcina (Opera in a Days Bay Garden); Borsa (cover): Rigoletto (NBR NZO); and Lysander: A Midsummer Night's Dream (NZSM). Solo engagements include Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time, Mozart's Requiem, Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor, Handel's Messiah, and Nelson's Opera in the Park. 

Thomas gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

2003
Sang as the treble soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony, Wellington, New Zealand
2011
Recipient,  Kapiti Chorale Award
2012
Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance Voice), NZ School of Music, Wellington;Recipient, MoyraTodd Memorial Scholarship
2013
Commenced study, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London;Arts Foundation Award for Patronage donation recipient from the Todd family