Matthew Hardy - Musical Director
Liverpool-born conductor Matthew Hardy recently graduated from the masters course in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Peter Stark and Howard Williams. He attended Dartington International Summer School in 2017 as a scholar studying with Sian Edwards and was invited to the Cardiff Conducting Days masterclass in 2018 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales led by Martyn Brabbins.
At the RCM he worked as assistant conductor for Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martyn Brabbins, and Jac van Steen. He conducted the RCM Orchestra in several performances, and directed many smaller groups as part of the college’s programme of events.
He is the founder and artistic director of East London Music Group with whom he has given performances among other things of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and Walton’s Façade. With ELMG he also commissioned and premiered Strange Joy by Edward Nesbit and 1936: An East London Uprising by Robin Haigh, two works for narrators and ensemble. East London Music Group has also delivered several large scale primary school educational projects.
In addition, Matthew is musical director of a number of community groups inn London and has recently worked as a guest with University of London Symphony Orchestra, National Schools Symphony Orchestra, and Croydon Youth Orchestra, Stockport Symphony Orchestra, and Hale Barns Festival Orchestra.