Dr Matthew Sergeant

Home Institution:

University of Huddersfield, UK


Matthew Sergeant is a composer whose music is currently exploring ideas surrounding identity and hybridity, space and place. His work is frequently performed internationally, both throughout the UK, the rest of Europe, the USA, Asia and Australasia. Matthew’s music has been commissioned and/or performed by internationally acclaimed ensembles including, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Singers, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Divertimento Ensemble (Italy), ELISION (Australia), ensemble 10/10, ensemble plus-minus, EXAUDI CEPROMusic (Mexico) and the Nieuw Ensemble (Netherlands) as well numerous ongoing creative partnerships with a number of emerging and established soloists, including Tom Bayman (cello), Daryl Buckley (electric guitars), Joshua Hyde (saxes), Emma Lloyd (violins), Melinda Maxwell (oboe) and Tristam Williams (trumpets). Matthew’s work has featured at major international festivals, including the BMIC Cutting Edge Series (London, UK), Festival Musica (Strasbourg, France, HCMF (Huddersfield, UK) and Sydney International Festival. His music is regularly broadcast on international radio, including BBC Radio 3 and ABC Classical (Australia). Matthew studied composition at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester before reading for an AHRC funded PhD at the University of Huddersfield, where he was supervised by Bryn Harrison and Liza Lim. Having previously lectured at the RNCM, Matthew is currently the manager of CeReNeM - the Centre for Research in New Music - at the University of Huddersfield, where he also teaches composition and orchestration. Matthew is based in Manchester, UK.



Supporting Materials

1. ANIMATION: A triple pendulum


2. VIDEO: [kiss] for detuned violin and twine bow (2014)

[kiss] is a performance installation made mostly of noises and glitches on the edge of audibility lasting 3-5 hours. At a non-predetermined moment with its duration, a passage of music to the absolute contrary [bold/wrought] might sound. Either through absence or innocence, most will miss it.

3. SCORE: bet denagel (2013) for solo baroque violin

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4. AUDIO: bet denagel (2013) for solo baroque violin