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 (BBC Philharmonic).
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.
Whilst in Manchester, Matthew performed Schwertsik's Instant Music as a concerto soloist with the University Chamber Ensemble and since then, 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.
Since graduating, Matthew has performed with orchestras across the UK including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, including a tour to India in 2014. Matthew has also appeared as a soloist on BBC’s Songs of Praise in 2015. More recently, he has also taken up a regular teaching position at Erskine Stewart Melville Schools in Edinburgh, alongside private tuition in Glasgow.
He also has a passion for musical theatre and works regularly in the Glasgow scene as a performer as well as a musical director for companies including Acquire: A Creative Choral Ensemble, Glasgow Music Theatre and Glasgow Live Productions.