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Matthew Featherstone’s early studies began in France, where he gained his ‘premier prix’ for flute at the Orléans Conservatoire in 2004. 

Returning to England, he pursued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on the undergraduate and postgraduate course with Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold and Ian Clarke, where he was a fellow the following year. During his studies he was awarded a Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Busenhart-Morgan-Evans Award as well as awards from the MBF, the Countess of Munster Trust, and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

Principal flute of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Matthew has also appeared as Guest Principal flute with Britten Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

As a solo recitalist who was awarded the Royal Overseas League Wind Prize in February 2012, Matthew has enjoyed travelling round the UK to perform recitals with pianist Philip Shannon launched by their partnership with the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, as well as concerto appearances with various orchestras.

Matthew is a keen chamber musician regularly performing with ‘Trio Anima’, a flute, harp and viola trio, who were glad to receive the Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble in the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition and are keen advocates of this rare formation.

As an educator, he gives masterclasses and workshops in various capacities and teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

He has also taken part in collaborations with dancers, actors, and artists as a keen improviser. Alongside his classical training, he has been lucky enough to work with some outstanding pop and jazz artists and gain experience as a backing vocalist, beatboxer and session singer.