Matthew Hardy was born in Liverpool in 1986 and began playing the trumpet at school aged 7. He moved to London in 2007 and in 2013 graduated with first class honours in classical trumpet from Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Matthew is currently the musical director and conductor of University College London Concert Band, Bart's and The London Medical School Choir, Symphonic Wind Orchestra of North London, and East London Community Band. His freelance work has recently included Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance Junior Department, and Minehead and Exmoor Music Festival.
As the Artistic Director of East London Music Group, he recently oversaw a very successful successful performance of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale at Queen Mary University of London. The group is also involved in education in East London and in January plans to deliver a Stravinsky-inspired performance project involving children from three Tower Hamlets primary schools.
In addition to conducting he is also active as a trumpet player. He is a keen teacher and has studied for several years with the highly respected Danish pedagogue Kristian Steenstrup. As a trumpet tutor he works with students from Queen Mary University of London and Bromley Youth Music T rust.
Aside from music he is a trustee of Sarah’s R ural Library Fund, a charity working to help promote literacy in the indigenous population of rural Peru.
Sarah was born in Wigan, Lancashire where she began learning cornet at the age of 8, and went on to attend the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School and Chetham’s School of Music. In 2009, she received a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music with Paul Beniston where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree, before completing a Master of Arts in trumpet performance at the Royal Academy of Music. Sarah was Joint Principal trumpet of Southbank Sinfonia in 2015 with whom she toured to Hong Kong and Italy as well as performing as a soloist with conductor, John Wilson. Her highlights included Natural Trumpet in the London Handel Festival, performances under Vladimir Ashkenazy and Antonio Pappano as well as a production of Peter Maxwell-Davies' The Lighthouse at the Royal Opera House with Jetta Parker Young Artists. Sarah was also invited to be a soloist at the high profile ‘Changing Britain’ event to perform Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Trumpet Sonata in the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre. Sarah is currently working at the National Theatre where she has been an onstage musician in their productions of Exit the King, Threepenny Opera, Amadeus and also provided the recorded the music for Angels in America and new production I’m Not Running. Alongside this, Sarah is in demand as a freelance orchestral trumpet player, performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera, Philharmonia Orchestra and with the London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms, as well as touring to India with the European Concert Orchestra and most recently to St Petersburg with Melos Sinfonia.