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. As a guest conductor he has appeared with groups including BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, Choeur de Radio France, ChorWerk Ruhr, CBSO Chorus, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and the Chorus of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. As a conductor of choral-orchestral repertoire, he has worked with Manchester Camerata and the Hallé, in addition to many performances with period-instrument specialists.
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, Gustavo Dudamel, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Harding, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Edward Gardner, Juanjo Mena, Thierry Fischer, David Robertson, John Wilson and Mark Minkowski, and for festivals including Edinburgh International Festival, Brighton Festival, Spitalfields Festival, and BBC Proms, where he has worked on music from Birtwistle to the Pet Shop Boys. He has chorus mastered or conducted first performances of many works by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Simon Holt, Nico Muhly, Iain Bell, Eriks Esenvalds, and Gabriel Jackson.
In the current season, Matthew will prepare the choirs for Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht at Southbank Centre, and direct New London Chamber Choir in world premieres by Laurence Osborn and Julien le Herriseri in London and France, in addition to major choral projects with the Hallé and LSO. He will also make his debuts with Netherlands Chamber Choir, and with Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Choirs.