Matthew Howells is a Masters graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland after receiving a scholarship in 2012 to study there with Katherine Bryan (Principal, Royal Scottish National Orchestra), Richard Blake (Principal, Scottish Opera) and Janet Richardson (Piccolo, RSNO). Previously, Matthew studied at the University of Manchester and Chetham's School of Music where he studied with Linda Verrier and Richard Davis.
Whilst at Chetham's, Matthew played principal flute in the Chetham's Symphony Orchestra allowing him to perform at prestigious music venues such as the Bridgewater Hall and Cadogan Hall. He also played in a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 for Chetham's 40th Anniversary Concert. At the end of his final year, he was awarded the Francis Willink Memorial Prize for his flute studies.
As an orchestral musician, Matthew successfully auditioned for professional apprenticeship schemes with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Opera. This has led to exciting experiences such as touring India with the BBCSSO in April 2014. He is also principal flute with The Constella Orchestra comprising of students from conservatoires across the UK and performing regular concerts across London. Matthew is also an orchestral member of Noel Music Management which provides orchestral opportunities for young talented musicians across the UK and abroad.
Whilst in Manchester, Matthew performed Schwertsik's Instant Music as a concerto soloist with the University Chamber Ensemble and this year he has performed three further concerti, two at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a premiere of a new work with the Edinburgh Contemporary Ensemble.
As a chamber musician, he is also a member of the Scottish-based flute trio Champagne Flutes who are members of the Live Music Now Scheme.