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Composer Cast: Matthew Hall

Thursday 23 September, 2021

Matthew Hall is a composer, performer, teacher, musical director, keyboard programmer and conductor based in Shropshire. His compositions have been performed extensively all over the world. With a multi-faceted musical career, Matthew is in demand as a performer on piano, keyboards, saxophone, clarinet and percussion alongside an extensive diary as musical director for multiple theatre companies across the UK and and as a teacher.

Christopher Bond finds out more about Matthew and his work.


When did you first start showing an interest in composition?

MH: I first started showing an interest in composition during secondary school before taking music at GCSE. I won a competition to compose a fanfare for the Shropshire Music Service to perform during the Shropshire Young Musician of the Year finals and got the bug from there.


You studied composition at both undergraduate level and postgraduate level at Cardiff University. Tell me about the music you wrote during those years.

MH: My undergraduate years at Cardiff University were very exploratory, trying new things, creating new sound worlds and ideas in a very contemporary, forward-thinking university environment. I was able to work with the university contemporary music group to create new pieces as well as working with professional ensembles in workshops designed to push the boundaries of your individuality as a composer. I worked with the Pieme ensemble, The Sorrell String Quartet as well as individuals including Gabriella Swallow (cello) and Daniel Becker (piano) testing myself and trying new things, mainly to learn about my own compositional sound world and finding a direction to follow during my postgraduate studies at master’s and doctoral level.


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