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Continually I return to the Sussex Downs [pictured above] which are like old friends for me, always appearing slightly different in some ways but reassuringly constant in others.

Matthew Taylor

Forthcoming & Recent Performances

Three Humoreskes - Presteigne Festival Autumn Tour 2014

Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24th October 2014

Wednesday 22nd October, 1pm
The Riverfront Bristol Packet Wharf, Newport -- Tickets: £10.50 (£4.50 concessions)

Thursday 23rd October, 1pm
St Georges, Great George Street, Park Street, Bristol -- Tickets: £7

Friday 24th October, 1.10pm
Barber Institute, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham -- Tickets: free

Works: Three Humoreskes, Op.5

World Premiere: Flute Concerto - in honour of Matthew's 50th birthday

Saturday 6th December 2014, 7.30pm

Works: Flute Concerto, Op.49

Tarantella Furiosa

Wednesday 10th December 2014 to Thursday 14th May 2015

Wednesday December 10th, 7.00 pm -- The du Pre Music Building, Oxford (world Premiere)

Thursday March 3rd, 1.00 pm -- St George's, Great George St, Park Street, Bristol

Tuesday March 17th, 8.00 pm -- Radlett Music Club, Radlett Centre, Hertforshire

Thursday May 14th, 7.30 pm -- King's Place, Hall 1, York Road, London

Works: Tarantella Furiosa

London Chamber Music Series - String Quartet No.5

Sunday 11th January 2015, 6.30pm

Works: String Quartet No.5, Op.35

London Premiere: Variations on a theme of Reger

Thursday 15th January 2015, 7.30pm

Works: Variations on a theme of Reger, Op.45

World premiere: Solemn Bells

Wednesday 4th February 2015, 7.45pm

Composed alongside David Knotts, Alasdair Nicholson, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Anthony Powers as part of a composite work of miniatures for violin and piano inspired by Sibelius's 5 Pieces Op.81.

Works: Solemn Bells

Matthew Taylor - Composer In Residence at Presteigne Festival


Thursday 27th August to Tuesday 1st September 2015

The Presteigne Festival, Artistic Director George Vass, has long established itself as one of the most imaginative, enterprising and outstanding UK Festivals which achieves original and stimulating programmes by balancing contemporary works with established classics. Matthew will be the Composer in Residence for 2015.

Other News

CD out now: String Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 7

Released January 2013

Featuring the Dante, Allegri and Salieri Quartets.
View recording details.

Works: String Quartet No.5, Op.35 | String Quartet No.6, Op.36 | String Quartet No.7, Op.37

CD out now: Music of Memory

Released April 2013

Includes Matthew's Fantasy for Guitar commissioned by guitarist Antonis Hatzinikolaou.
View recording details.

Works: Fantasy for Guitar, Op.47

CD out now: Symphony No.2, Viola Concerto

Released July 2013

Produced in association with BBC Radio 3.
View recording details

Works: Symphony No.2, Op.10 | Viola Concerto (Humoreskes), Op.41

Music Appreciation at Blackheath Halls: The 20th Century Concerto (1900-1950)


Monday 22nd September to Monday 1st December 2014

Since 1991 Matthew has been running a series of music appreciation illustrated talks at the recital room, Blackheath Halls on Monday mornings from 10am-12pm. The lectures are devised so that one does not need technical knowledge whilst at the same time the experienced aficionado has always something new to learn. The next 10 week course begins in September 2014. All newcomers are most welcome.

Forthcoming Commissions During 2015 - 2016

Posted on 8th October 2014

Matthew is just completing a reorchestration and reworking of Pastorals Op.32a for violin and strings, commissioned by the Presteigne Festival for performance on September 1st 2015.

The next commission is a large wind orchestra work 'Bignor', commissioned by Tim Reynish and inspired by the landscapes and the history surrounding Bignor Hill on the South Downs.

The major commission for 2015/16 is a Fourth Symphony for large orchestra which is scheduled for its first performance by Kensington Symphony Orchestra conducted by Russell Keable in the Barbican Hall in October 2016.

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