Matthew Hardy - Musical Director
Matthew Hardy was born in Liverpool in 1986 and began playing the trumpet at school aged 7. He had a varied career in the North West as a trumpet player, making frequent recital and concerto appearances, leading jazz and chamber music groups and playing principal trumpet with local orchestras. He graduated with first class honours in classical trumpet from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2013, and is now the holder of the Frank Shipway Conducting Scholarship at the Royal College of Music.
Matthew is the artistic director of East London Music Group, a professional ensemble set up in 2015. To date the group has given performances of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, and Walton's Façade at Queen Mary University in Mile End. They have also commissioned two new pieces. The second of these, commemorating the Battle of Cable Street, will be premiered in Whitechapel in November alongside John Adams' Chamber Symphony.
Matthew is also the musical director and conductor of East London Community Band, the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of North London, and the Bowes Community Choir.