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Mr MATTHEW WEST BMus (Hons) MMus (RCM)
Mr MATTHEW WEST BMus (Hons) MMus (RCM)

Biography

Matt is a magpie of percussion. He collects the unusual, the shiny and the odd sounding. He once had to chop into a block of wood with a (specifically red) axe for a concert at the South Bank; he owns musical dustbins... thatís what he does.

Matt studied at the Royal College of Music gaining a BMus in percussion and a Masters degree in composition. Heís had quite a varied career since then. Theatre work has included Singiní in the Rain, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Tobias and the Angel, The Enchanted Pig and Miss Julie. He appeared on stage all over The Netherlands and UK with the percussion show Noise Ensemble Ė for this he had to wear lycra and jump over numerous drums but thatís now all in the past.
In more sobre clothing he has continued to teach in London and devise and lead workshops all over the country. He has taught at Arts Educational School, University College School and currently teaches at London Oratory School and Hinchley Wood Senior School. He has given percussion workshops to hundreds of kids around the country most notably when he devised the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Old Bamboo workshop with full junk percussion and choreography from the show (also employing professional dancers - no one wants to see Matt dance).
He has continued to perform some weird and wonderful music with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Sounds Positive, London Steve Reich Ensemble and New Art Ensemble. More traditional orchestral performances have been with the John Wilson Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Working in styles from all around the world he has accompanied North African belly-dancers, is the conguero and band leader of timba group Los Pimientos and is a member of Londonís premier samba school Paraiso. Recordings include the Singiní in the Rain London Cast Album, Steve Reichís Sextet, Tobias and the Angel, he is the darbuka soloist on the movie soundtrack of Greek Man in Pakistan and the cajon soloist for Little Ashes. Heís got a huge lock up full of instruments and itís now really difficult to fit much more in.

Contact MATTHEW

Address: Southfields
Wandsworth
London
Greater London
SW18 5EF
Phone: 07932 033090
Fee (30 minutes): £30.00
Fee (60 minutes): £50.00

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