Matthew Hamilton is a regular collaborator with leading choirs across a broad repertoire. Choral Director at the Hallé since 2015, he is also Associate Director of London Symphony Chorus, and Musical Director of New London Chamber Choir. Previous roles include the directorships of Reading Bach Choir, Keele Bach Choir, and Salford Choral Society.
Matthew read music at Oxford, before studying composition at the University of Manchester and choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He participated in masterclasses with some of Europe’s finest professional choirs, including Berlin Radio Choir and Netherlands Chamber Choir, and in 2010 won the Bramstrup Conducting Award (Denmark).
Matthew has prepared choirs for conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Harding, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Charles Dutoit, Juanjo Mena, Thierry Fischer, David Robertson, John Wilson and Mark Minkowski, and for festivals including the Brighton Festival and BBC Proms, where he has worked on music from Birtwistle to the Pet Shop Boys. As a guest conductor, he has worked with CBSO Chorus, BBC Symphony Chorus, ChorWerk Ruhr, and extensively with the BBC Singers, who he has conducted in concert at the Barbican, live for Radio 3 and television, and in the recording studio. He has chorus mastered or conducted first performances of many works by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Simon Holt, Eriks Esenvalds, Nico Muhly and Gabriel Jackson.
2014-15 saw Matthew make his conducting debut at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall with organist Wayne Marshall, appearances at the BBC Proms with London Symphony Chorus, a concert tour in Germany with ChorWerk Ruhr, and his first, critically acclaimed appearances with New London Chamber Choir. In the current season, he will appear with Choeur de Radio France in Paris, and with CBSO Chorus, in addition to major choral projects in his first season as Choral Director at the Hallé. A recording by London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers of Harrison Birtwistle's Angel Fighter, for which Matthew was chorus master, was recently released.