Matthew Holmes


Matthew Holmes (b. 1997) is a British composer, musicologist and musician born in Oxford. He is currently working towards at PhD in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music on a project involving Robert Simpson's dynamic modelling techniques in his string quartets. He holds a BMus (Hons) degree in Composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he studied composition under Dr. Oliver Searle, and trumpet with Peter Franks; and an MMus in Composition and Musicology Royal Northern College of Music where he studied with Prof. Adam Gorb, Dr. Simon Clarke, Gary Carpenter, and Paul Patterson.

Matthew has had works played by the RedNote Ensemble, players from the London Sinfonietta, RNCM Brand New Orchestra, The Llinyn Quartet, Spires Quartet, St. Anne’s Camerata, various ensembles from RCS, RNCM and Cambridge University, and the Oxfordshire Festival Orchestra – of which Matthew was a founding member with friend and conductor Edward Liebrecht in 2014. More recently, Matthew held the post of composer-in-residence with the RCS Brass Dectet in 2018/19, and is a finalist in RNCM’s Gold Medal Competition, 2021, for which his work, Intonation and Fugue will be played by friend and cellist, Benjamin Draper.