Matthew Eden is Black Dyke’s Young Composer in Residence

Second year undergraduate Matthew Eden has been announced as Black Dyke Band’s Young Composer in Residence for 2017.

A student of Laura Bowler, Matthew began playing the piano at the age of six and started to compose his own music shortly afterwards. At 14 he wrote his first sizeable work, the three movement Fantasia for Brass, which came second in a composition competition run by the City of Birmingham Brass Band.

Professor Nicholas Childs, Black Dyke’s Principal Conductor and Director of Music (pictured above), said: ‘It is always exciting when you can give an opportunity to a young and talented composer such as Matt Eden. Matt will be working on a number of projects with Black Dyke’s Composer in Residence, Professor Peter Graham, however his immediate focus will be working on a presentation to be performed by Black Dyke at the Glastonbury Festival in June.’

Over the next 12 months Matthew will work closely with Professor Peter Graham as he writes several compositions for the Band. He added: ‘I am looking forward to working with both the Black Dyke Band and Professor Graham and I am sure these will be exciting times.’