Matthew was recently commissioned to write a new piece for Solo Cornet and Brass Band by Jim Hayes and the Co-Operative Funeralcare Band from Scotland.
Entitled ‘Dial M for Midnight,’ this brand new composition is the title track on the CD, highly influenced by Latin American rhythms and styles to give the soloist a chance to show off their technique over the wide range of the instrument.
Matthew was asked to write a brand new piece for 2 friends who were getting married in the summer of 2010. Sarah and Simon Persin wanted something special and memorable for the opening of their wedding ceremony and something new and unique for Sarah to walk down the aisle to, accompanied by the SWT Woodfalls Band.
Gorymdeithgan Priodas (Wedding March) consists of a fanfare style opening leading into a slower middle section for the bride to walk down the aisle, before the opening section returns signalling the coming together of the husband and wife to be. The piece is fantastic for a couple who would like something different to walk down the aisle to, especially if like Sarah and Simon, you are big fans of Brass Bands.
Tredegar Town Band performed two of Matthew’s works during their winning performance at the 2010 National Eisteddfod of Wales in Ebbw Vale. The contest is the only one in the world to be broadcast live on television, on the Welsh channel S4C. The complete winning performance can be found on YouTube.
Matthew has been commissioned to write a new piece for Solo Cornet and Brass Band by Jim Hayes and the Co-Operative Funeralcare Band from Scotland.
Entitled ‘Dial M for Midnight,’ this brand new composition is highly influenced by Latin American rhythms and styles and gives the soloist a chance to show off their technique over the wide range of the instrument.
‘Dial M for Midnight’ will appear on the new CD recording by Jim Hayes and the Co-Operative Funeralcare Band early in 2011. Watch this space to find out when you can get hold of this cracking new work.
Matthew’s composition for brass band, ‘The Smile,’ received multiple performances over the weekend of 16th to 18th April 2010.
Three performances were heard on Saturday 17th April, firstly by the Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band on the Glanfa Stage at The Wales Millennium Centre.
Tredegar Town Band performed ‘The Smile’ during their performanceat The Subscription Rooms in Stroud on the Saturday evening.
At the same time, Newstead Band played the piece during the bands concert at Chilwell Road Methodist Church, Beeston near Nottingham. Newstead are playing the piece again a week later on 24th April in St John’s Church, Kirkby Woodhouse.
Finally, Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band performed ‘The Smile’ again as one of their pieces in The National Youth Brass Band Championships at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
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.