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BMus (hons), PGCE dist.

Current BBCA Conducting Competition winner, Matthew Ryan grew up playing with Smithills School Senior Brass Band as they won multiple national and international titles from 2001-2008. As part of the band's high profile tours, he played as a principal member across the world; including, as a soloist, on tours of the USA and as principal in the band's WMC title in 2005. He has also been a playing member of numerous trophy winning bands including: Hoover (Bolton), Flixton, Frickley South Elmsall, Wingates and Hammonds.
Whilst at university, Matthew was a driving force behind the Merge Arts Festival Orchestra formed in 2012 to perform in Hull as part of the cultural olympiad. In a short career so far, he has completed engagements with multiple orchestras including performing at the Royal Albert Hall with Berkshire Young Musicians Trust. In brass banding, Matthew has directed trophy and contest winning performances across his career at bands including Eagley, Horwich RMI and Flixton.

In 2022 Matthew directed Flixton Band to a gold medal performance at the World Music Contest, Kerkrade. During this year, Matthew also joined the AoBBA trainee scheme and undertook assignments as varied as Buxton, Wychavon and the National Finals.

In June 2023, Matthew was delighted to win the Brass Band Conductors Association's Conducting Competition. The prize was secured by leading rehearsals on test piece repertoire and concert performances with Hammonds and Eccles Bands. Matthew was delighted to be recognised for his 'authoritative conducting' and 'complete musical intent and purpose' by the panel of judges. This honour means Matthew will make his concert debut with Fodens Band in October 2023 in an appearance at Regents Hall, London on the eve of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

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