Matthew began his piano tuition at Alderman Peel High School at the age of eleven and within five years passed his Grade 5 Theory and Grade 8 Practical exams (ABRSM). During his junior years he obtained many awards for his musical achievement, including the Subject Prize for Music, Excellence in Music and the M.W Clifford Award. He studied for two years at the College of West Anglia graduating with a triple distinction in Music. In 2011, Matthew commenced further education at Leeds College of Music to study for a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Composition and graduated with a first-class honours degree. He has been involved in piano workshops with professional artists including Mei Yi Foo and The Fidelio Trio. In December 2016 he passed his ABRSM Diploma in Piano Performance with distinction under direction of Christopher Green-Armytage.
Matthew currently holds teaching positions at Wells-next-the-Sea Primary School, Burnham Market Primary School and Alderman Peel High School where he teaches piano and theory to pupils from ages 5 to 16. In addition to his school tutoring, Matthew teaches numerous students privately in Wells and at student’s homes in the surrounding area. Matthew is a regular solo performer having played at many local venues. He is also the organist for the Briningham Benefice and Burnham Deepdale Church, accompanist for the Hunstanton Community Choir, and plays the piano for weddings at Holkham Hall.
Matthew works alongside fellow musician and teacher, Benjamin Howell, as one half of ‘The Missing Coda’, playing duets and organising music workshops for students. In March 2019, Matthew and Benjamin took their ALCM Piano Duet Diploma exam and passed with distinction. Excited by this challenge, they both went onto complete their LLCM Piano Duet Diploma exam in August 2020, also passing with distinction. Benjamin and Matthew have also taken on the role of becoming Regional Organisers for EPTA Norfolk.