Tom Kinsella grew up in Oldham, Greater Manchester, in a family that thought Ennio Morricone was a pasta dish. However, after learning piano, saxophone and guitar, he won a place to study music at Jesus College, Oxford – and was able to attend thanks to financial aid from the William Walton Trust. He has studied composition under Luke Lewis, interned at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions in Santa Monica, CA, and been twice awarded the Denis Stevens Prize for music.