Tony Hougham studied at Trinity College of Music with Frederick Wigston. Whilst at Trinity he won the Cruft prize for double bass and the Kantrovitch Prize for solo strings.
In 1986 Tony was appointed principal double bass player with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Whilst maintaining this position Tony works with symphony and chamber orchestras in London and has been invited to play as guest principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tony is a founder member of the Soloists, a chamber group formed by mostly principal players of the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, which has been invited to play at many prestigious festivals at home and abroad. In May 1994 Tony was invited by the international tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini to perform the virtuosic obligato part of Mozart’s Per Questa Bella Mano at St. John’s Smith Square as part of his debut recital in London.
Tony teaches extensively and has examined and adjudicated at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music, and coaches youth orchestras in Kent, Essex and Herts. He is also actively involved in the education work of the Royal Opera House.