Matthew Holmes

Matthew Holmes is a composer of contemporary classical music, Teacher, and Musicologist.


Matthew Holmes (b. 1997) is a British composer, teacher and musician born in Oxford. He is currently studying for a PhD in Composition at the RNCM with supervision from Adam Gorb and Adam Swayne. He holds a MMus in Composition and Musicology from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM, 2021) where he studied composition with Prof. Adam Gorb, Gary Carpenter and Paul Patterson and musicology with Simon Clarke; and a BMus (Hons) degree in Composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS, 2019), where he studied composition under Dr. Oliver Searle, and trumpet with Peter Franks.

Matthew has had works played by the RedNote Ensemble, players from the London Sinfonietta, RNCM Brand New Orchestra, The Llinyn Quartet, Spires Quartet, St. Anne’s Camerata, various ensembles from RCS, RNCM and Cambridge University, and the Oxfordshire Festival Orchestra – of which Matthew was a founding member with friend and conductor Edward Liebrecht in 2014. More recently, Matthew held the post of composer-in-residence with the RCS Brass Dectet in 2018/19, and was a finalist in RNCM’s Gold Medal Competition, 2021.

Matthew is also an avid promoter of the music of Robert Simpson (1921-97) and holds the post of Assistant Secretary in the Robert Simpson Society.

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Matthew offers high level music theory and composition tuition to students of all abilities. With this he can also offer training in music engraving with software such as Sibelius. In most cases, lessons will be on Zoom.


Matthew can offer tuition in both piano and trumpet performance (and other valved brass instruments on consultation). He has taught a variety of ages and abilities up to high intermediate level.


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