Matt Shaw was born in Stockport in 1989 to musical parents, and began his brass-playing career on the cornet. Aged 11, he made the transition to tenor trombone, and from there to bass trombone, which is his primary instrument to date.
Whilst playing tenor trombone in the Reddish Prize Gorton Silver Band in the late 1990’s, Matt was offered the chance to conduct the band for one piece during an Autumn concert and this performance, although only 2 minutes long, opened Matt’s eyes to the joys of conducting. Whilst studying music at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College, under Simon Mercer, Matt was given the opportunity to conduct the college choir in a performance of Handel’s
Zadok the Priest, and from there took on the college’s big band and brass ensemble.
After leaving the sixth form College, Matt went on in 2007 to study Bass Trombone at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, under the guidance of the late Hallé Orchestra’s Bass Trombonist, Adrian
Benny Morris, graduating in 2011 with a BMus(Hons).
During his study at the RNCM, Matt continued to expand on his conducting skills, having spells with the Tintwistle Brass Band, Dr Jazz & the Cheshire Cat’s Big Band and the RNCM Dance Band, before his first permanent appointment with the Whaley Bridge Band in 2012. It was whilst studying at the RNCM that Matt developed his talent for composing and arranging; studying composition with Dr David Horne, composing and arranging numerous pieces for brass band and big band, as well as notably composing new works for trombone ensemble, all of which were commissioned and premiered by Adrian Morris and the RNCM Trombone Choir. Matt was awarded the Soloist Prize at the 2006 2nd Section National Brass Band Championship Finals in Harrogate, the Terrance Greaves Award for Jazz at the RNCM in 2010, and his work
A Little Minor Turmoil for Brass Band and Percussion won the Ohio Brass Arts Festival Composition Competition in 2012. Matt is currently composer in residence for the Eccles Borough Band.
As a bass trombonist, Matt has worked with the Hallé Orchestra, the Hallé Youth Orchestra, Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, Bollington Brass Band, Eccles Borough Brass Band, the Fairey Band and Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and has performed under such conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Colin Mathews, Ewa Strusinska, Elgar Howarth, Dr Nicholas Childs, Garry Cutt, Bramwell Tovey, Allan Withington and Russell Gray.
Matt has studied under Adrian Morris, Chris Houlding, Jiggs Whigham, Simon Cowen, Ewan Easton, Mark Heron, Clark Rundell, Dr David Horne, Larry Goves and Mike Hall, and currently works as a member of the Brass, Percussion and Jazz departments at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.
Golborne Brass Band are delighted to welcome Matt as their musical director and look forward to what promises to be, an exciting period in the Band’s history.