We are delighted to announce that Matthew Hardy has been appointed as Principal Timpani. Matthew's first Birmingham concert as a member of the CBSO will be on 11 January 2018 with conductor Omer Meir Wellber. He will also join the Orchestra on its imminent German tour.
Matthew, originally from Bath, started playing the trumpet and piano at the age of 7 before seeing the light and studying percussion and timpani under Chris Stock and Steve Barnard at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Matthew has been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2014 and has also worked regularly with some of the UK’s finest ensembles including the Academy of St Martins-in-the-Fields, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others. He feels incredibly lucky to have travelled all over the world to work, which has fuelled his love of food and cooking. Matthew is a keen runner and lover of all sports, which mitigates at least some of the touring calories!
Aside from performing, Matthew also teaches at Wells Cathedral School and has tutored for a variety of National Youth Ensembles in England, Scotland and Wales. Matthew has devised and led workshops with both adults and young people of all ages and abilities.
"I can’t wait to join the CBSO in January and feel incredibly lucky to have been offered such a wonderful opportunity."