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CD launch tour

From April to July 2014 Matthew Schellhorn will perform Ian Wilson's Stations during a nine-date tour of the UK and Ireland.


Tuesday 8th April 2014 at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, is the first date of this tour and will see the launch of the album. His Grace the Archbishop of Birmingham will be present at this concert, at which there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Holy Land. If you would like to attend this concert please send an email via the Contact page.

Coming soon: new solo disc

Matthew Schellhorn releases his first solo album in April 2014, performing Ian Wilson's monumental solo piano masterpiece, Stations.

Written between 2006 and 2007, Stations is a fourteen-movement work for solo piano inspired by the Catholic devotion of the Stations of the Cross – a narrative in fourteen scenes that relates to the events leading from Christ’s condemnation by Pilate to his burial in the tomb.

More about the album

World Premiere of Nicola LeFanu's Eight Studies

This weekend, Matthew Schellhorn will give the world premiere of a new commission by Nicola LeFanu.


LeFanu's Eight Studies were commissioned by Matthew in 2012 and a selection was performed in the Walled City Music Festival last year. This weekend's concert will see the first complete performance of the set.

The recital is hosted by the recently founded Piano Study Centre of Professional & Higher Education at Goldsmiths.

Full concert details:

Date and time: Saturday 14 December at 16:30.

Venue: Room 167, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London

Entrance is free.


becher (2008)

Sonata in D major, K. 311/284c
1. Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino con espressione
3. Rondeau: Allegro

Eight Studies (2012) WORLD PREMIERE


JOSEPH HAYDN (1732–1809)
Sonata in A major, Hob. XVI:26
1. Allegro moderato
2. Menuet al rovescio – Trio – Menuet da capo
3. Finale: Presto

TIM WATTS (b. 1979)
Odd Sympathies

COLIN RILEY (b. 1963)

Haydn Seek

Stolen Rhythm



Andante con variazioni, Hob. XVII:6

Forthcoming performance in Festival Radio France Montpellier

During June 2013, Matthew Schellhorn will perform in the Festival Radio France Montpellier.

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He will partner UK-based Kazakh violinist, Aisha Orazbayeva, in a performance of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96, Schoenberg’s Fantaisie, Op. 47, and Debussy’s Sonata in G minor.

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on Radio France.

For full programme details and tickets click here.

Talk at London International Piano Symposium now online

Matthew Schellhorn’s successful talk at the London International Piano Symposium is now online.


Many of Olivier Messiaen’s works testify to the fascination the composer had with temporal aspects of music – titles allude to such concepts as ‘eternity’, ‘immortality’, and indeed ‘the end of Time’. This paper examines the role of time in Messiaen’s great piano cycle Catalogue d’oiseaux (Bird Catalogue) (1956–8), exploring how narratives are articulated through a sense of the passage of time. Specific chronologies within the music are identified, along with their function as ‘harnesses’ of the form and of the expressive power of the performance. The paper was illustrated with live performance excerpts from the one-movement masterpiece La Fauvette des jardins (Garden Warbler) (1971).

The paper examines the intended psychological effects of the passage of time in Messiaen’s piano music, discussing further the role of interpretative decisions in enhancing (or lessening) the composer’s aims and the music’s ‘goals’. At the same time, the paper discusses the vast impact had on the composer by his wife and main interpreter, Yvonne Loriod, drawing upon key recordings and documentary evidence.

In this way, the presentation addresses three key main areas by the first London International Piano Symposium, which invited submissions presenting original research on subjects surrounding evidence-based directives to enhance modern piano performance practice, psychology and research into inspirational performers and teachers past and present.

To read the talk click here.

Pioneers of Electronic Music Festival

Matthew Schellhorn will perform at XOYO tonight in a performance as part of Nonclassicals's "Pioneers of Electronic Music" festival.


The evening begins at 8pm with a programme including Jolivet's Hymne à Saint-André and a new version of Messiaen's Oraison for ondes Martenot and 3 synthesisers. Guests will also perform Varèse's Poème Electronique (with original film by Le Corbusier).

Tickets available:

Performance on BBC Radio 3 "Afternoon on 3"

Matthew Schellhorn's recent appearance with the Ulster Orchestra will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 22nd January 2013.

The performance took place in October last year and was part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens.

The broadcast, presented as part of the Lutoslawski Centenary Week on BBC Radio 3, feature Lutoslawski's
Musique funèbre, written in memory of Bela Bartók, and Ian Wilson's piece for orchestra, solo piano and flute band, Flags and Emblems. The composer himself conducts, and the orchestra is joined by the Ballygowan Flute Band and long-time collaborator Matthew Schellhorn. The performance was the world premiere.

“Afternoon on 3” begins at 14:00 and the performance will begin at around 15:05.

Listen online here.

New interview on birdsong

Matthew Schellhorn discusses the connexions between birdsong and music in a new online interview.


The interview, on the site, answers questions such as “Can animal sounds be considered music?” and “Is birdsong a display of creativity?”

Matthew, who has built several programmes around the theme of bird song, asserts that the most remarkable thing about these programmes is that they both confirm and contest Messiaen's position in the field of birdsong: "One of the things I wish to articulate in this programme is how dependent he was, perhaps, on those who had gone before him.”

Read the full interview here:

Performance workshop in Cambridge

Matthew Schellhorn recently gave a performance workshop at the University of Cambridge.


The class, taking place at the Faculty of Music, was held for 2nd and 3rd year students as part of the Music course.

Students presented several contemporary piano works, including Piano Piece (to Philip Gustan) (1963) by Morton Feldman, ff (Fortissimo) (1995) by Jonathan Harvey, and Lucifer’s Banjo (2006) by Martin Butler.

Read more about Matthew’s educational work.

Performance with Notes Inégales in Cambridge

On Monday 26 November 2012, Matthew Schellhorn will perform at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.


He joins ensemble Notes Inégales, directed by Peter Wiegold, in performances of works by Richard Causton, John Hopkins and Peter Wiegold. The day will also see workshops with current students at the University of Cambridge, culminating in a performance of their Postcard Pieces.


Peter Wiegold 3 Songs from Within this Body (Sufi texts) John Hopkins For the Far Journey Richard Causton Phoenix

Ticket & booking information:
£10, £5 (concessions) Tickets available from the ADC Theatre: 01223 300085
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