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Premiere of new work

Cosy Hall


The premiere performance of ‘His Journey’s Just Begun’ will take place on Friday 26th February 2010 at Cosy Hall in Newport, Shropshire at 7.30pm.

A sentimental piece depicting the first steps of a lost soul into the afterlife, ‘His Journey’s Just Begun’ is written for Alto solo, Violin and Piano. The Alto soloist for the premiere will be Ruth Theobald, a well-established and renowned concert performer, alongside Christian Halstead on Violin and Anthony Halstead on Piano, collectively known as The Pantheon Trio.

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Further performances of Activate announced

Octagon Theatre Front


If you missed the premiere performance of Activate, further performances have already been written in to programmes: –

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, Saturday 6th February 2010 – Tredegar Town Band

Octagon Theatre Logo


The Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Friday 12th February 2010 – Birmingham Conservatoire Brass Band.

Adrian Boult Hall Birmingham Conservatoire


The Grand Pavillion, Porthcawl, Saturday 20th February 2010 – Tredegar Town Band

Grand Pavillion Porthcawl Panoramic

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New Commission from Shropshire Music Service

Shrewsbury Abbey


Matthew has been commissioned to write a piece for the forthcoming Shropshire Music Service Brass Festival. The piece will involve the combined forces of Tredegar Town Band, The Shropshire Youth Brass Band and a number of small brass groups made up of students currently performing with the Shropshire Music Service ensembles. Overall, there will be around 80 brass players performing this one-off piece.

The performance will be the culmination of a concert given by Tredegar Town Band and Shropshire Youth Brass Band at Shrewsbury Abbey on 3rd July 2010, starting at 7.30pm.


Shrewsbury Abbey Interior

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Dragons’ Rise & Miniature performed in Australia

K & N Spring Gully Brass

Matthew’s works for Brass Band, ‘Dragons’ Rise’ and ‘Miniature,’ have received their Australian premiere performances.

The two pieces were performed by K & N Spring Gully Brass in December 2009. The article from their website reads: –

“Australian Premiere Performance

K & N Spring Gully Brass ended 2009 with Christmas performances in Adelaide’s Victoria Square on Thursday 17th December, as part of the Adelaide City Councils ‘Square of Christmas Delights’ programme.

The Christmas performances were an opportunity for Musical Director Bruce Raymond to present not only Christmas carols but an entertaining repertoire of music for the audience that had gathered in the square.

In what is thought to be an Australian premiere, K & N Spring Gully Brass performed ‘Dragon’s Rise’ and ‘Miniature’ written by Matthew Hall of Wales.

These 2 items were kindly passed on by Hall to K & N’s Bari Thomas – Euphonium and in the process establishing a Welsh connection for the band.

K & N were naturally delighted to perform these works.”

Matthew is keen to continue developing this new relationship with K & N Spring Gully Brass, hoping to compose a hymn arrangement for the band to use in their forthcoming Australian National Band Championships.

Adelaide Victoria Fountain