Tom Service was born in 1976 in Glasgow. He studied music at the University of York, took a Masters at the University of Southampton, and completed a doctorate there on the music of John Zorn. He writes about music for the Guardian, and is a regular contributor to the BBC Music Magazine, Opera, and Tempo. His articles have appeared in books and music dictionaries, and in journals in France and Germany. He teaches at Trinity College of Music, and has given pre-concert talks and written programme notes for many of the festivals, orchestras, and opera companies in the UK. He began broadcasting on Radio 3 on Hear and Now in 2001, becoming one of the show's regular presenters, and has presented Music Matters since the autumn of 2003.