Highlights during his time at Chetham’s include performing in the 2009 Proms in the chorus for Haydn’s The Creation under Paul McCreesh and playing in a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for Chetham’s 40th Anniversary Concert.
As an orchestral musician Matthew has had great success winning professional experience schemes with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Opera. This has led to exciting experience such as touring India with the BBCSSO in April 2014. Matthew is also principal flute with the student-led Constella Orchestra which performs regular concerts across London comprising of students from conservatoires across the UK. Matthew is also an orchestral member of Noel Music Management which provides orchestral opportunities for young talented musicians across the UK and abroad. This season Matthew is also principal flute with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra which gives orchestral opportunities to aspiring young musicians from across the UK.
Whilst in Manchester Matthew performed Schwertsik’s ‘Instant Music’ as a concerto soloist with the University of Manchester Chamber Ensemble and in 2014 performed three further concerti, two with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Francaix Flute Concerto and Doppler’s Concerto for Two Flutes with Elizabeth Lawton) and a concerto premiere with the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Matthew has also achieved Grade 8 on piano, saxophone and voice.
As a chamber musician he is also a member of the award-winning wind quintet, Sirocco Winds. Recent highlights with this ensemble include performing live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland, performing as part of the prestigious Commonwealth Gala Concert in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and touring Mid Wales.
His ambitions are to have a varied career with a mixture of chamber and orchestral work.
Matthew Howells is a Masters graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formally the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) after receiving a scholarship in 2012 to study there with Katherine Bryan (Royal Scottish National Orchestra), Richard Blake (Scottish Opera) and Janet Richardson (Royal Scottish National Orchestra).
Prior to going to the RCS Matthew was a student at the University of Manchester and Chetham’s School of Music where he studied with Linda Verrier and Richard Davis.
Whilst at Chetham’s Matthew was principal flute in the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra allowing him to perform at prestigious music venues such as the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Cadogan Hall, London. At the end of his final year he was awarded the Francis Willink Memorial Prize for his flute studies.