Matthews, Colin (b1946)

Colin Matthews

born: 1946
country: United Kingdom

Colin Matthews was born in London in 1946. He studied music at the Universities of Nottingham and Sussex, where he also taught, and subsequently worked with Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst. He collaborated with Deryck Cooke on the performing version of Mahler's Tenth Symphony. Since the early 1970s his music has been played widely both in the UK and worldwide, with recordings on Unicorn, Collins Classics and Deutsche Grammophon. From 1992-9 he was Associate Composer with the London Symphony Orchestra, writing amongst other works a Cello Concerto for Rostropovich. In 1997 his choral/orchestral work Renewal was given the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for large-scale composition. His ballet score Hidden Variables opened the Royal Ballet's season in December 1999, and the large-scale ensemble piece Continuum was toured by the BCMG and Sir Simon Rattle. He is currently Composer-in-Association with the Hallé Orchestra and is completing a series of orchestrations of Debussy’s Preludes. His orchestral work Reflected Images was recently premiered by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, and he is writing a cello concerto for Jan Vogler and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to be performed at the reopening of the Dresden Frauenkirche in November 2005. June 2005


Matthews: Pluto; Holst: The Planets
CDH55350Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Arnold, Britten & Maconchy: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55060Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Britten: Songs & Proverbs of William Blake
Holst: Savitri & The Dream-City
CDH55042Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Holst: The Planets; Matthews: Pluto
CDH55350Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Maconchy, Arnold & Britten: Clarinet Concertos
CDH55060Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Mahler: Songs of Youth
CDH55160Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A Little Music  
Bird Scarer's Song (Anon/Britten/Matthews)
David of the White Rock (Owen/Britten/Matthews)
Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz  
Ging heut' morgen über's Feld  
Ich hab' ein glühend Messer  
Journey's End  
Lemady (Anon/Britten/Matthews)
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler)
Life and its follies are fading away  
Movement for clarinet and orchestra (Britten/Matthews)
Neptune – The mystic  
Now in these fairylands  
One midsummer's morn as I were a-walking  
Pluto – The Renewer (Matthews)
She's like the swallow (Anon/Britten/Matthews)
Shoo all 'er birds you be so black  
The Dream-City  
The Dream-City (Holst/Matthews)
The Floral Bandit  
The Planets, H125 Op 32 (Holst/Matthews)
Things lovelier  
Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht