Online | Young Artists’ Platform: Matthew Kitteringham

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
13 May 2021 — 31 Dec 2021
  • Music
Bassoonist Matthew Kitteringham discusses his musical career to date in a short film made especially for the Museum.

The Museum hosts a Thursday lunchtime concert each month which features some of the finest young players of the moment, from students at the Yehudi Menuhin School to those studying for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at UK conservatoires – including players from the Philharmonia Orchestra’s scholarship programme. Since current circumstances have prevented our young artists from coming to the Museum, we caught up with them at home and asked them to talk about their musical careers to date, plus share some performances with us.

Matthew Kitteringham is a bassoonist from the Wirral, currently based in London having recently graduated with distinction from a MA degree at the Royal Academy of Music. Matthew began his bassoon studies with Laurence Perkins, before continuing at the Royal Academy with Robin O’Neill and Jonathan Davies, where he was also awarded a Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music. Matthew now enjoys a varied schedule of solo performance and chamber music, combined with orchestral work. He is a member of the flexi-group Ensemble Mirage, and has performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Knussen Chamber Orchestra, and European Union Youth Orchestra. He is generously supported by The Sidney Perry Foundation as a Philharmonia MMSF Fellow.

Matthew’s top recommendation among works for bassoon and orchestra is Elgar’s Romance Op. 62. You can listen here to the piece in full.

In this next video, Matthew plays an early Romantic work by the German composer Carl Maria von Weber – his Andante e Rondo Ungarese, composed in 1813. Matthew writes, ‘What I really like about the Rondo is that it’s the perfect combination of expressive melodic writing and virtuosity on the instrument. It makes it a lot of fun to play, but it’s certainly not without its challenges!’

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