Alongside Aurora, Matthew plays principal trombone with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the brass septet Aurora. He is also on the teaching faculty of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
He has recorded four solo CDs, two on the NAXOS label – Songs of Travel, exploring English song cycles by Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Stanford, and Schubert’s Winter Journey. Matthew has had a number of works written for him, most notably Circus Games and Sonata by Rob Keeley, and Fischietto è morto by Gary Carpenter and gave the U.K. première of Kurt Schwertsik’s Trombone Concerto at St. Johns’ Smith Square, London. He has performed and taken masterclasses internationally, including festivals in Melbourne, Wellington, New York, Sarajevo, Lieksa (Finland), Isla Verde (Argentina) and Beijing.
Matthew has performed with orchestras and ensembles all over the world, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Klangforum Wein, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and has recorded and appeared in many film and television scores. Matthew is a Getzen artist.
The 2013 BBC Prom included Frank Zappa’s rarely heard ‘The Adventures of Greggery Peccary’. I loved the piece when I first heard it – really quirky, colourful writing and a bonkers storyline – but when I saw the trombone part I was in Heaven! One of the most technically challenging parts I’ve ever seen, with improvised passages, solo lines, it had it all!