Guest soloist for Spring Festival

Garry AmbroseNews

The band are pleased to announce that Matthew Stein will be the guest soloist at our Spring Festival this year.

Matthew grew up playing cornet in the Wellington South Salvation Army, New Zealand. He progressed through the junior and senior bands as Principal Cornet and went on to become bandmaster of the Wellington South Band at age 19. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the New Zealand School of Music gaining the Brass Player of the Year award in his final year of study (2010). Matthew has worked with a wide range musical ensembles in New Zealand including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, and the National Brass Band of New Zealand. In 2014, he was the Principal Trumpet of the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand and in the same year won the New Zealand Cornet Championship.

As a soloist, Matthew has performed with ensembles including, Royal New Zealand Navy Band, Salvation Army National Youth Band, and the National Secondary Schools Brass Band. He also spent four years as Principal Cornet of Wellington Brass Band, leading them to four consecutive national titles, one Australian national title, and an appearance at the British Open (2016). Prior to moving to London to commence study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Matthew was a trumpet player in the Royal New Zealand Navy Band.

At Guildhall, Matthew studies with Paul Beniston and has performed as Principal Trumpet with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra as well as winning the 2017 Armourers and Brasiers Brass Prize. He graduated in 2017 with a Masters of Music from Guildhall and is now a fellow of the school organising and conducting the Guildhall Brass Band.