Matthew Hardy

Principal Timpani

Matt is the Principal Timpanist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Bath, Matt started playing a variety of instruments before studying under Chris Stock, Steve Barnard and Phil Girling at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Matt previously held the position of Principal Timpani and Percussion with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has continued to maintain a busy freelance career working all over the world with many of the UK and Europe's finest ensembles including the LSO, RPO, Philharmonia, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Aurora Orchestra amongst many others.

Aside from performing Matt is a busy educator working at Wells Cathedral School, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has tutored for a variety of ensembles in England, Scotland and Wales including NYO GB and has devised and led workshops with both adults and young people of all ages and abilities. Matt feels incredibly lucky to have travelled with work which has fuelled his love of food and cooking. Matthew is a keen runner and golfer (and lover of all sports!) which, at least, mitigates some of the extra touring calories!