Matt Glendening

Matt Glendening

Key Facts


Matt enjoys a varied schedule as a freelance clarinettist. He has performed as guest principal with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest 2nd clarinet with Aurora Orchestra. Matt was principal clarinet of the 2018 Britten Pears Orchestra as well as the 2016 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Nominated by NYO, he received the Musicians’ Company Bulgin Silver Medal.

As a soloist, Matt won 1st prize in the Wind and Brass section of the 2018 Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition, won the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain’s Young Clarinettist Competition 2016 and was a wind finalist in the 2019 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition. From 2015-2017, Matt performed with ‘Young Virtuosi’ chamber music festival in Southern France, and in the past 3 years he has performed at the Southwell Music Festival. Solo recital venues include St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’ Piccadilly, and the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room. He has recently appeared as soloist in concertos by Mozart and Copland.

In addition to his freelance playing, Matt is finishing his final year of undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, studying clarinet with Timothy Lines, Barnaby Robson, Richard Hosford, Peter Sparks and Janet Hilton. His studies are generously supported by The Laurence Winston Scholarship.


Musicians’ Company Award: NYO Bulgin Medal 2016

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