Matt Hardy, Percussion
Matt is a timpanist, percussionist and dedicated teacher who performs with a great variety of ensembles across UK and internationally.
Matt has been Principal Timpanist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since January 2018, having previously held the position of Principal Timpani and Percussion with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Originally from Bath, Matt started playing the trumpet and piano at the age of 7 before studying percussion and timpani under Chris Stock, Steve Barnard and Phil Girling at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Matt has continued to maintain a busy freelance career working all over the world with many of the UK’s finest ensembles including LSO, RPO, Philharmonia, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Aurora Orchestra amongst many others.
Aside from performing, Matt is a busy educator working at Wells Cathedral School, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has tutored for a vast variety of ensembles in England, Scotland and Wales, including NYO GB, and has devised and led workshops with both adults and young people of all ages and abilities.