Liverpool-born conductor Matthew Hardy graduated in 2018 from the masters course in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Peter Stark and Howard Williams. He attended Dartington International Summer School in 2017 as a scholar studying with Sian Edwards and was invited to the Cardiff Conducting Days masterclass in 2018 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales led by Martyn Brabbins.
At the RCM he worked as assistant conductor for Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martyn Brabbins, and Jac van Steen. He conducted the RCM Orchestra in several performances, and directed many smaller groups as part of the college’s programme of events.
He is the founder and artistic director of East London Music Group with whom he has given performances among other things of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and Walton’s Façade. With ELMG he also commissioned and premiered Strange Joy by Edward Nesbit and 1936: An East London Uprising by Robin Haigh, two works for narrators and ensemble. East London Music Group has also delivered several large scale primary school educational projects.
In addition, Matthew is Musical Director of East London Community Band, St Albans Rehearsal Orchestra, and Bowes Park Community Choir. He will take up new Musical Director positions in September 2019 with Contemporary Music for All London Ensemble and Southampton University Symphony Orchestra.
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.