Planning the music of Holy Week

Matthew Schellhorn writes about his work planning for Holy Week with vocal ensemble Cantus Magnus.

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Matthew Schellhorn clothed as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians

Matthew Schellhorn has been clothed as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.


During an historic ceremony on 5th April 2017 at Mercers’ Hall in the City of London, Matthew Schellhorn was clothed with the Livery of the Company by the Clerk, Hugh Lloyd, after which the Master, Alderman Sir Roger Gifford, invested Matthew with the Badge of the Company and extended the customary "right hand of fellowship". Matthew was then formally presented to the
Senior Warden, Lady Brewer OBE, and the Junior Warden, Michael Lewin, and then the remaining members of the Court of Assistants.

With its roots in an ancient mediaeval craft guild in the City of London, the Musicians' Company is the only Livery Company devoted specifically to the performing arts and is committed to rewarding excellence in many areas of music; for example, in composition, singing, instrumental music, jazz, brass bands, popular music and in the Services. Honorary Freemen include HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duchess of Kent, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Dame Cleo Laine, Dame Janet Baker and Dame Gillian Weir.


Matthew Schellhorn signs International Declaration on Sacred Music

Matthew Schellhorn is one of the signatories to a high-profile declaration on the intrinsic value of Sacred Music.

This declaration, signed by over 200 musicians, pastors, and scholars from around the world and published in six languages (English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German), argues for the continued relevance and importance of traditional sacred music and critiques the numerous serious deviations from it that have plagued the Catholic Church for the past half-century.

Other signatories include Sir James MacMillan C.B.E. (composer and conductor), Peter Phillips (Founder and Director of the Tallis Scholars), Colin Mawby, K.S.G. (Liturgical Composer and Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral 1961–1977) and Dr. Joseph Shaw (Senior Research Fellow, St Benet’s Hall, Oxford University, and Chairman of the Latin Mass Society of England & Wales).

Read the full text of the International Declaration here.

Forthcoming solo recital in Belfast

Matthew Schellhorn's forthcoming recital in Belfast includes music by Haydn, Beethoven, Ravel and Ian Wilson.


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World Premiere of new work by Ian Wilson

Matthew Schellhorn is to premiere a new work by Ian Wilson in a forthcoming concert for Brunel Arts on Friday 20th January 2017.

A Sonata of Solstices and Equinoxes marks a return to writing for the solo piano for the first time in seven years by Ian Wilson: the result is a four-movement piano sonata (25 minutes total) that engages with themes of recurrence, time (both ‘passing’ and ‘distant’) and musical culture as found object. In exploring these themes, a number of different musical/cultural ethoses will be referenced, including elements of indigenous musics from North Africa, India and Ireland.

Wilson has written a number of significant works for Schellhorn over a ten-year period, including the acclaimed monumental solo cycle Stations (2006–7, 75′) and the piano concerto Flags and Emblems (2012, 18′). Schellhorn has also premiered a number of Wilson’s other works, including most recently (January 2016) the piano concerto Mutazione (2003, 18′) with the Ulster Orchestra, which was later broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The programme will also feature Robert Percy’s Chopsticks along with Colin Riley’s As the Tender Twilight Covers, which Schellhorn has recently recorded for nmc (due for release later this year).

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