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Matthew Schellhorn admitted as Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians

Matthew Schellhorn has been admitted as Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Worshipful Company of Musicians

The ceremony took place at Cutlers Hall in the City of London, before the Master of the Company, Miss Kathleen Duncan, OBE, in the presence of his proposer Mr Andrew Morris, Senior Warden.

Matthew made the required oath "do all such things as may further the art or science of music" and at the conclusion of the ceremony, the Master said: “By your solemn and sincere Declaration just made you have promised loyalty to the Musicians Company and to do all such things as may further the art or science of music to which this Company is dedicated. I now have pleasure in welcoming you as a Freeman of our Company in token of which I offer you the right hand of Fellowship.”

As the only City of London Livery Company dedicated to the performing arts, the Worshipful Company of Musicians nurtures talent and shares music through outreach and live events, also working with conservatoires, music colleges, universities and other organisations in helping musicians achieve their potential.

Speaking afterwards, Matthew said: "I am pleased both to affiliate with an historic body of like-minded musicians and also to contribute to its activities. I am aware of the huge amount of good that the Company does, and I am proud to be part of a body capable of having an influence in the music world and in music education debates."

Pictures from the ceremony follow.

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Forthcoming performances at the Southbank Centre

Matthew Schellhorn returns to the Park Lane Group to perform twice at the Southbank Centre in January 2015.

Southbank Centre

Joining soprano Susanna Fairbairn he will perform works by renowned composers Robert Saxton and Joseph Horovitz during two "in conversation" events with Thomas Hyde and Piers Burton-Page.

The two events are as follows:

Monday 5 Jan 2015 6.15pm: Purcell Room
In conversation: Robert Saxton with Thomas Hyde
Robert Saxton: Brise Marine for soprano & piano
Robert Saxton: The beach in winter (Scratby) for baritone & piano
Robert Saxton: Piano Sonata (in memoriam Béla Bartók)
Susanna Fairbairn (soprano)
Matthew Schellhorn (piano)
Imma Setiadi (solo piano)

Tuesday 6 Jan 2015 6.15pm: Purcell Room
In conversation: Joseph Horovitz with Piers Burton-Page
Joseph Horovitz: Lady Macbeth for mezzo-soprano & piano
Joseph Horovitz: Zum 11 Maerz (For 11th March) for mezzo-soprano & piano
Joseph Horovitz: [with Michael Flanders]: Foie gras
Joseph Horovitz: Sonatina for clarinet & piano
Susanna Fairbairn (soprano)
Matthew Schellhorn (piano)
Christopher Stripp (clarinet)
Lucy Colquhoun (piano)

Further details from www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Matthew Schellhorn founds new prize for Sacred Music composition

Matthew Schellhorn has founded a new prize for composers up to the age of 26 focussing on Sacred Music.

The Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition will be awarded in 2015 to a composer aged 26 or under who composes an original motet. The winner will receive £500 and a professional performance at St Mary Moorfields Catholic Church in the City of London.

The Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition is supported by the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society, said: "I am delighted that the Latin Mass Society should be supporting this initiative, which demonstrates that the tradition of sacred music is alive, and continues to serve the Church's ancient liturgy."

Full details here

Interview in The Catholic Herald

Matthew Schellhorn is interviewed in The Catholic Herald this week.

Editor Luke Coppen asks a series of question about care, bereavement and assisted suicide.

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Matthew Schellhorn lobbies against the Assisted Dying Bill

Ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords tomorrow, Matthew Schellhorn has written an article giving the reasons why he opposes the Assisted Dying Bill.

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World Premiere at the Harwich Festival

Matthew Schellhorn returns to the Harwich Festival this week, premiering a new work by British composer Toby Young with soprano Susanna Fairbairn.

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Pretty Stories (and Funny Pictures) is a cycle of five songs for soprano and piano commissioned by the Harwich Festival for this performance, .

The concert, on Friday 4th July, also sees a performance of Colin Riley's A Stranger Called This Morning, and works by Poulenc and Ravel.

Concert details

Late stand-in for Turangalîla-Symphonie

Matthew Schellhorn recently stood in at 48 hours' notice for a performance of Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie by the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra.

The concert took place on 20 June in Birmingham Town Hall under the baton of renowned French conductor Pierre-André Valade.

The Birmingham Post gave the concert 5 stars, praising Matthew Schellhorn's 'poised and piquant' playing in the virtuosic solo part.

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Four-star review in BBC Music Magazine

Matthew Schellhorn's latest disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, has received four stars in BBC Music Magazine.

BBC Music Magazine

The disc was featured in 'Brief Notes' of the May 2014 edition. Barry Witherden classified the disc as 'excellent', writing 'Wilson builds his spare yet rigorous reflections on the Stations of the Cross towards dramatic climaxes. Matthew Schellhorn's crisp, committed performance avoids melodrama and sentimentality'.

Matthew Schellhorn's top picks for The Sampler

Matthew Schellhorn is Guest Previewer for the latest edition of Sound and Music's The Sampler.

Top picks are as follows:

Event 1: In Nomine Domini
Date: 15 June
Venue: St George’s Church, Bloomsbury, London
A concert by WoodWork, Guildhall recorder students and alumni, featuring 16th-century and newly commissioned repertoire inspired by John Taverner's In Nomine. The concert features premieres of works by Alexis Bennett, Patrick O'Connor and Toby Young.
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Event 2: Morphosis
Date: 17 June
Venue: Royal Academy of Music, London
London-based Australian pianist Zubin Kanga (pictured) performs new and innovative works for solo piano, created in collaboration with leading British, Estonian and Australian composers. The recital includes the UK premiere of David Young’s graphic score Not Music Yet and the world premiere of Patrick Nunn’s Morphosis, which features electronics controlled by sensors attached to the pianist’s hands.
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Event 3: TONE Festival
Date: 20 - 22 June
Venue: Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent
The UK’s first festival of contemporary sonic and visual arts taking place in its launch year in some unique and challenging settings including The Historic Dockyard, Fort Amherst and sites along the Medway River at Chatham, Kent.
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Event 4: Harwich Festival
Date: 25 June - 6 July
Venue: various in Harwich, Essex
Recently listed as one of the ‘Best of Fest’ in The Sunday Times, this innovative festival runs for 12 days in the beautiful town of Harwich. Artistic Director Diana Burrell programmes new music in inventive contexts.
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Listen: Music by Efthymiou
I have recently had the pleasure of working with this exciting twin-sister composing partnership, who work together and individually to create ground-breaking new music, often as multi-disciplinary sound spectaculars. Hear their 2013 collaboration with Consortium5.
Listen>> to Pulser by Effy Efthymiou
Listen>> to Bustling by Litha Efthymiou

Blog: Lee Westwood
Sound and Music New Voices composer, Lee Westwood, writes about A Hidden Order, his work with artist Sama Mara exploring connections between geometrical art and music.
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Concert raises money for Christians in the Holy Land

Matthew Schellhorn's CD launch concert in April raised nearly £1000 for Christians in the Holy Land.

Jerusalem Cross

Matthew Schellhorn started his tour to launch his new CD, Ian Wilson: Stations, at St George's Cathedral, Southwark. Speaking at the time, he said:

"To add another dimension to the proceedings, I wanted to link tonight’s concert with the Holy Land – to make a special association between Ian Wilson’s Stations and the ‘real’ Stations of the Cross.
When a Christian prays the Stations of the Cross he is considering on some level the objective reality of Jesus’ suffering, and in a particular way he is connecting himself with the geographical location, or locations, where that suffering took place.

"These days we are very conscious of all the difficulties in the Holy Land. The locations referred to in the Way of the Cross are troubled places but also ones where an immense amount of Christian love is poured out.

"On that note, I have invited a charity very involved in the Holy Land to take a collection at the end of the evening. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Catholic order under the protection of the Pope. Its members make a lifelong commitment to give alms to support the work of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. In England and Wales, the Order’s Lieutenancy is a registered charity and is involved with several important projects. It funds parishes and subsidises schools in Israel, Palestine and Jordan, also supporting Bethlehem University and its students there. In recent years, it has covered the costs of a training programme for English teachers, and has supported the building of new churches in Israel and in Jordan.

"I would encourage everyone to give generously to this important, worthwhile charity."
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