Matthew Dickinson

Matthew was a member of the National Youth Orchestra for five years and the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for three. After graduating in Music from the University of Nottingham he went on to study at the GSMD where he was taught by Michael Skinner, David Corkhill and Richard Benjafield. Since then he has pursued a busy career as both performer and teacher.

He currently teaches at St. Paul's School, St. Paul's Girls' School and is Head of Percussion at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music. As a performer Matthew has had a long association with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House playing in over 100 productions; broadcasting regularly and performing on their recent tours to Vienna and Japan. He has been lucky enough to work with many of the world's most distinguished conductors and singers including Lorin Maazel; Antonio Pappano and Placido Domingo. He also works with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; the Britten Sinfonia, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and The King's Consort. He has worked extensively in West End Theatre and is currently performing on The Lion King and is an associate player on Wicked. He has enjoyed working with a variety of stars in this field including Rowan Atkinson, Michael Crawford and Omid Djalili.

Matthew recently contributed to the Britten centenary celebrations of 2013 by performing on two of the last works to be commercially recorded: The Ascent of F6 and On the Frontier both for NMC.

He also enjoys providing drum kits for the jazz drummer Peter Erskine when he performs and records in the UK.

He is married to Sarah and has four children.