New review for Stations

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Online review site MusicWeb International has published a new review for Matthew Schellhorn's latest solo disc, Ian Wilson: Stations.

MusicWeb International

Hubert Culot writes: "Matthew Schellhorn's committed approach is aided by his unfailing technique to bring out the best of this extraordinary construction. His beautifully shaped performance is also well served by an excellent recording allowing for a natural piano sound that never sounds aggressive even in the more forceful moments. … Ian Wilson's Stations is a major addition to the piano repertoire of the twenty-first century."

Read the full review

Matthew Schellhorn admitted as Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians

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Matthew Schellhorn has been admitted as Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Worshipful Company of Musicians

The ceremony took place at Cutlers Hall in the City of London, before the Master of the Company, Miss Kathleen Duncan, OBE, in the presence of his proposer Mr Andrew Morris, Senior Warden.

Matthew made the required oath "do all such things as may further the art or science of music" and at the conclusion of the ceremony, the Master said: “By your solemn and sincere Declaration just made you have promised loyalty to the Musicians Company and to do all such things as may further the art or science of music to which this Company is dedicated. I now have pleasure in welcoming you as a Freeman of our Company in token of which I offer you the right hand of Fellowship.”

As the only City of London Livery Company dedicated to the performing arts, the Worshipful Company of Musicians nurtures talent and shares music through outreach and live events, also working with conservatoires, music colleges, universities and other organisations in helping musicians achieve their potential.

Speaking afterwards, Matthew said: "I am pleased both to affiliate with an historic body of like-minded musicians and also to contribute to its activities. I am aware of the huge amount of good that the Company does, and I am proud to be part of a body capable of having an influence in the music world and in music education debates."

Pictures from the ceremony follow.

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Forthcoming performances at the Southbank Centre

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Matthew Schellhorn returns to the Park Lane Group to perform twice at the Southbank Centre in January 2015.

Southbank Centre

Joining soprano Susanna Fairbairn he will perform works by renowned composers Robert Saxton and Joseph Horovitz during two "in conversation" events with Thomas Hyde and Piers Burton-Page.

The two events are as follows:

Monday 5 Jan 2015 6.15pm: Purcell Room
In conversation: Robert Saxton with Thomas Hyde
Robert Saxton: Brise Marine for soprano & piano
Robert Saxton: The beach in winter (Scratby) for baritone & piano
Robert Saxton: Piano Sonata (in memoriam Béla Bartók)
Susanna Fairbairn (soprano)
Matthew Schellhorn (piano)
Imma Setiadi (solo piano)

Tuesday 6 Jan 2015 6.15pm: Purcell Room
In conversation: Joseph Horovitz with Piers Burton-Page
Joseph Horovitz: Lady Macbeth for mezzo-soprano & piano
Joseph Horovitz: Zum 11 Maerz (For 11th March) for mezzo-soprano & piano
Joseph Horovitz: [with Michael Flanders]: Foie gras
Joseph Horovitz: Sonatina for clarinet & piano
Susanna Fairbairn (soprano)
Matthew Schellhorn (piano)
Christopher Stripp (clarinet)
Lucy Colquhoun (piano)

Further details from www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Matthew Schellhorn founds new prize for Sacred Music composition

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Matthew Schellhorn has founded a new prize for composers up to the age of 26 focussing on Sacred Music.

The Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition will be awarded in 2015 to a composer aged 26 or under who composes an original motet. The winner will receive £500 and a professional performance at St Mary Moorfields Catholic Church in the City of London.

The Schellhorn Prize for Sacred Music Composition is supported by the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales. Joseph Shaw, Chairman of the Latin Mass Society, said: "I am delighted that the Latin Mass Society should be supporting this initiative, which demonstrates that the tradition of sacred music is alive, and continues to serve the Church's ancient liturgy."

Full details here

Interview in The Catholic Herald

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Matthew Schellhorn is interviewed in The Catholic Herald this week.

Editor Luke Coppen asks a series of question about care, bereavement and assisted suicide.

Read the interview

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