In 2012 New Zealand Tenor, Thomas Atkins, completed his Bachelor of Music at the New Zealand Music School, Victoria University, majoring in performance under the tutelage of Jenny Wollerman.
Thomas was subsequently awarded the 2012 Moyra Todd Memorial Scholarship for a young singer of exceptional promise. He won the Recital Class, the Harding Morris Challenge Cup and the Robin Dumbell Memorial Cup awarded to the young aria finalist with the most potential in the 2012 Wellington Aria Competition. That same year he reached the finals of the IFAC Australian Singing Competition and as a result of his performance, won the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Award (which included a full fees study scholarship), the Sheila Prior Prize, the Phoebe Patrick Award and the Vianden International Summer School Award. In 2013 he was awarded a Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation grant to support his postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He has received further Foundation support and is now taking 2-years of study on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.