Matthew Hamilton is increasingly busy as a conductor of choral ensembles throughout the UK. He appears frequently with groups such as BBC Singers, London Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Chorus and CBSO Chorus, and with youth choirs including the National Youth Choir and Hallé Youth Choir. Recently appointed Choral Director at the Hallé, he is also Associate Director of London Symphony Chorus, and Musical Director of New London Chamber Choir.
Matthew read music at Oxford, before taking a Masters degree in composition at the University of Manchester. He won a full scholarship to study choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in addition to participating in masterclasses with some of Europe’s finest professional choirs, including Berlin Radio Choir and Netherlands Chamber Choir. In 2010 he was the winner the Bramstrup Conducting Award in Denmark.
Since making his debut with the BBC Singers in repertoire by Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies for the the 2011 Proms, he has worked regularly with the Singers, directing them live on Radio 3, in concert at the Barbican, and in the recording studio. A frequent guest conductor for many of the UKs leading symphony choruses, Matthew has prepared choirs for performances at BBC Proms and Total Immersion festivals, and for venues including Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, and Birmingham Symphony Hall. He has collaborated with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Thierry Fischer, David Robertson, David Atherton, Marc Minkowski and John Wilson, and composers including Gabriel Jackson, Nico Muhly and Robert Saxton.