Musician Matthew makes debut for famous orchestra

Matthew Shiel
Matthew Shiel

A former Alnwick schoolboy has made his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, aged 22.

Matthew Shiel played the harpsichord in the Baroque performance which was conducted by the world-famous Hannu Lintu of Finland.

The concert was recorded live in March and broadcast on Radio 3 last month.

The performance included music by Haydn.

It was a huge achievement for Matthew, who lived in Alnmouth as a youngster and went to the Duchess’s Community High School.

Formed in 1935, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is recognised as one of the UK’s leading orchestras.

His debut came on the back of a successful concert in February at the Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh, where Matthew performed with five international students. In front of a packed audience, they preformed the famous four-hands, two-pianos concert, which works for two people playing the piano simultaneously.

Matthew has been at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formally known as the RSAMD), in Glasgow, for three years.

It is the busiest performing arts venue in the country.

His first study is piano, but he plays harpsichord as a second instrument.

He was offered a scholarship to study at the world-famous Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, but instead chose Glasgow as he felt he would benefit from studying under international pianist Fali Pavri.