2018 began with a flurry or arranging work quick on the heels of the beautiful orchestral duet with brother Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli, ‘Perfect Symphony‘. He’s written a choral version of Blinded By Your Grace for Stormzy and composed a piece to be performed at Westminster Abbey at the end of April. He’s also been arranging for the vocal group Voce8 and award-winning duo Ward Thomas.
2017 was busy for Matt wearing his arranging hat, working on brother, Ed’s album and most notably for his orchestral arrangement of ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’ was performed by legendary country singer LeAnn Rimes and the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
Matt scored the 2017 feature for Film Suffolk, The Haunted Hotel, and their 2016 feature With Love From Suffolk, as well as the short film Dr Sugarloaf which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Other projects include a series of adverts for Triodos Bank and a film about conservation of the Brazilian rainforest, narrated by Michael Palin.
Films he has orchestrated include Brothers of the Wind and the Russian epic Viking, as well as the trailer music for The Shape of Water. A CD featuring Matt’s Christmas Carol In The Bleak Midwinter was released recently, performed by soprano Christina Johnston and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Matt wrote the string arrangement for 2016 X Factor winner Matt Terry’s debut single When Christmas Comes Around.
Matt comes from a musical family and he has a strong interest in music theory and can compose in many historical and contemporary styles and genres. He enjoys the challenge of fusing music with image and expressing the full range of human emotions. He is hard-working, driven, thoroughly amiable and determined to achieve great success in film scoring and orchestration. We believe that he will do just that.
He joined the SMART agency, a division of the renowned SMA Talent, as a young, frighteningly talented composer, proficient and exciting in many musical genres.
As a child, he was a prolific treble soloist in operas and church services. Classically trained, he has a broad and in-depth knowledge and wide interest in music from around the world. He plays violin and viola and studied for a degree in music at the University of Sussex before gaining a Masters in composition from King’s College, London. In 2010 he won the Presteigne Festival Competition for British Composers under 35, as well as the Chairman of the Jury Award at the Shipley Arts Festival. In 2015 Matt wrote the music for the Audible Original audiobook Carmilla (starring David Tennant and Rose Leslie) which was nominated for an Audie award.
Ed Sheeran Happier – Matt-Sheeran String Arrangement
Ed Sheeran Perfect – Matt-Sheeran String Arrangement
Ed Sheeran Save-Myself – Matt-Sheeran String Arrangement
Matt – Terry – When Christmas Comes Around – Matt-Sheeran String Arrangement