Liverpool-born conductor Matthew Hardy is our new conductor! In 2018 he graduated from the Royal College of Music with a masters course in orchestral conducting, where he studied with Peter Stark and Howard Williams. He attended Dartington International Summer School in 2017 as a scholar studying with Sian Edwards and was invited to the Cardiff Conducting Days masterclass in 2018 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales led by Martyn Brabbins.
At the RCM he has worked as assistant conductor for Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martyn Brabbins, and Jac van Steen. As well as this, he has conducted the RCM Orchestra in several performances, and directed many smaller groups as part of the college’s programme of events!
He is the founder and artistic director of East London Music Group with whom he has given performances among other things of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and Walton’s Façade. With ELMG he also commissioned and premiered Strange Joy by Edward Nesbit and 1936: An East London Uprising by Robin Haigh, two works for narrators and ensemble. East London Music Group has also delivered several large scale primary school educational projects.
In addition, Matthew is Musical Director of East London Community Band, St Albans Rehearsal Orchestra, and Bowes Park Community Choir. He will take up new Musical Director positions in September 2019 with Contemporary Music for All London Ensemble and Southampton University Symphony Orchestra.
We are very excited to see what Matthew has in store for us!