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Trombonist

Matt is a freelance musician based in London, and is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, London.

 

He has a lot of experience in a wide variety of genres, including playing in orchestras, operas, musicals, big bands, wind bands, brass bands, function bands, ska bands, brass quintets, and trombone quartets, as well as performing as a soloist with several orchestras and doing recording sessions in studios.

 

Versatility is very important for any working musician. Matt owns several instruments and plays them all to a high standard to allow him to be a versatile performer.

 

He can be booked to play:

  • Tenor Trombone

  • Bass Trombone

  • Alto Trombone

  • Euphonium

  • Bass Guitar

 

For any music event:

  • Orchestras of all standards

  • Musical Theatre Bands

  • Jazz Bands of all sizes

  • Function Bands

  • Brass and Wind Bands

  • Chamber Ensembles

  • Recording Sessions

  • Anything else requiring any of the above instruments

 

If you wish to book Matt for any event requiring any of the above, please Contact Matt.

Biography

Matt started playing his first instrument, the trombone, at the age of 12, and quickly progressed through the grades achieving Grade 8 in four years, under the tuition of Richard Hall. He then went on to study jazz trombone with Richard and achieved Grade 5 jazz trombone the next year.

Realising that he wanted to make a career in music, Matt began lessons with Jayne Murrill, a trombonist of the acclaimed Bones Apart trombone quartet.

 

He auditioned at the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was accepted at all of these.

 

Matt spent a very enjoyable four years studying trombone at the Royal College of Music with Lindsay Shilling, Byron FulcherAmos Miller, and Roger Harvey, and jazz trombone with Richard Edwards.

 

He was awarded the Gordon S. Lang Scholarship by CCL Ind. to study at the RCM, and was also a Norfolk Scholar. In his final year at the RCM, Matt won the trombone prize in the RCM's Solo Brass Competition 2017.

 

He graduated from the Royal College of Music in July 2017 with a First Class Bachelor of Music degree with Honours.

 

Matt is now a freelance musician, brass teacher and music arranger based in London.

Testimonials

Your [RCM final] recital was so special, I felt really touched and inspired, and so emotional. I never knew that the trombone could be so beautiful, and it makes me feel excited to go and practise to find some of that emotion back that I felt in your playing. Thank you so much and congratulations!

Rosie B.

Musical Theatre

Matt is a seasoned theatre musician, having played in many theatre bands of every style of show, from jazzy shows such as Top Hat and Chicago to more orchestral shows such as Oklahoma and West Side Story.

 

He is experienced with following click tracks as well as conductors, and has 'doubled' and 'tripled' on multiple instruments for shows, including tenor trombone, bass trombone and euphonium for one show, and bass trombone and tuba for another.


Playing for shows has taken Matt to many venues across London, Norfolk and beyond, including the Adelphi Theatre, London, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Orchestras

Matt has a lot of experience playing tenor trombone, bass trombone, alto trombone and euphonium with a wide range of orchestras. These include symphony orchestras, film orchestras, classical orchestras, youth orchestras and more, in London, Norfolk, and beyond.

Playing with these orchestras has allowed Matt to play in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. John's Smith Square and at The Royal Norfolk Show.

 

London:

 

Norfolk:

 

Elsewhere:

 

Operas:

Jazz

Recording Sessions

TV Appearances

Chamber Music

Matt also enjoys playing with chamber groups, such as brass quintets and trombone quartets, and has done many arrangements for these groups.

 

The first group Matt formed was the Norfolk Students Brass Quintet, made from players from all over Norfolk who have all since become professional musicians. They play a vast variety of music, play in concerts all over Norfolk, busk in Norwich, and have recorded and created a high quality CD. Matt plays bass trombone in the NSBQ.

 

Before he left sixth-form, Matt created a trombone quartet in the hope that it would continue once he left. This was a good opportunity for him to create and test lots of new trombone quartet arrangements, some of which can be found in the Shop.

 

Since moving to London, Matt has been part of many new chamber groups, including brass quintets, brass dectets, trombone quartets and trombone choirs.

 

An idea that Matt came up with recently was to write trombone ensemble arrangements and then record all of the parts himself to make YouTube videos. This idea has become a reality and has been named Multi-Matt!

You can find all of these videos on Matt's YouTube channel.

Soloist

Brass & Wind Bands

Function Bands

Teaching

See the Teacher page for more information about getting lessons with Matt.

 

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School/Youth Orchestra/Wind Band coaching:

 

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