Composer ability: Expert
Like to join a band: No
Matthew Sheeran is a young, talented composer who is well-versed in many musical genres. As a child he was a prolific treble soloist in operas and church services, as well as playing leading roles in musicals whilst at school, including Grease, My Fair Lady and West Side Story. Though classically trained, he has a good knowledge of - and wide interest in - traditional music from around the world as well as of various popular genres.
Matthew studied for a degree in Music at the University of Sussex where he took modules in Musical Theatre, The American Musical, Composition, Orchestration, and Performance. In his first year, he won the much-coveted three-year Thomas Beecham scholarship. He also received the highest mark in his Final Year. During his time at Sussex he composed a chamber opera based on the Tarkovsky film, Solaris. At 21, he won the Presteigne Festival’s Inaugural Composers’ Competition for composers under 35, as well as the Chairman of the Jury award at the Shipley Arts Festival, which had entries from all ages and from all over the world.
Following a year spent working in Italy and Germany, Matthew resumed his studies at King’s College London in 2011, completing an MMus in Composition in September 2012. Freelance commissions undertaken during his postgraduate year included writing music for Samsung’s Olympic Pledge as well as orchestral arrangements for the well-known Drum ‘n Bass collective, Vicious Circle. More recently, he has been commissioned to write a large-scale choral setting to be performed at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral in late 2014.
Though he is young, Matthew is extremely experienced at working with, directing and understanding the needs of performers. During his teens, he studied performance and composition at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He continued to take instrumental lessons at this conservatoire during his time as an undergraduate.