Bryden Thomson was a Scottish conductor who championed the works of British and Scandinavian composers. He was born in Ayr and grew up playing the violin and cello. After serving in the Highland Light Infantry during the war, he studied conducting in Germany with Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt and Igor Markevitch. Thomson held several posts as principal conductor of British orchestras, including the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. He also worked with opera companies in Norway, Sweden, and Scotland. Thomson helped revive the popularity of the music of Arnold Bax and Hamilton Harty by recording their works with the Ulster Orchestra.