Listen and learn: Matthew Scott

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In the 10th of a series of articles, David Bird discusses the work of the Redbridge Music Society and introduces us to Matthew Scott and Christine Zerafa, who will perform at Wanstead Library this month.

This month, Redbridge Music Society continues its programme of bringing high-quality musical events to the borough with a recital given by Matthew Scott (clarinet) and Christine Zerafa (piano). They will perform a wide range of works, including those by Beethoven (Spring Sonata), Debussy, Martinu and Bizet-Sarasate (Carmen Fantasy).

Young British clarinettist Matthew Scott regularly gives solo and chamber recitals throughout the UK and has performed at many major London venues, such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall. He and his award-winning wind quintet Ensemble Mirage were selected as St John's Smith Square Young Artists last year and have performed at many UK venues. Matthew was also recently selected as a Park Lane Group Young Artist together with his duo partner Christine Zerafa, who will be collaborating with him this month.

Matthew graduated with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in 2013, followed by an MA with Distinction and a DipRAM in 2015. Throughout his studies, he was generously supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and The Greenbank Scholarship. Matthew has held principal positions in many RAM orchestras and ensembles, performing on the whole range of clarinets (B flat to basset horn), and has also appeared on two acclaimed CDs.

Matthew was recently selected as part of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's new initiative, the Change Makers Ensemble, which is led by disabled musicians. He firmly believes that any form of disability need not be a barrier to a successful career in music and he is currently working to promote awareness of high-functioning autism in the music industry, particularly in the orchestral sector.

Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa is based in London and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many venues in her home country, the USA and across the UK. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and has received many awards, including the Schumann Lieder accompanist prize. She holds Master of Music degrees in solo performance and piano accompaniment and is currently undertaking a PhD in performance at RAM, focusing on her role as a collaborative pianist. Christine has been supported by the Malta Arts Scholarship and the BOV Joseph Calleja and Janatha Stubbs Foundations; she has a Silverstone Bursary and a Gilling Family Scholarship.

Redbridge Music Society is supported by Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure and is affiliated to Making Music.

Matthew and Christine will perform at Wanstead Library on 24 April from 8pm (tickets on the door; visitors: £10; Redbridge Music Society members: £7). For more information, call 07511 888 520 or visit redbridgemusicsociety.org.uk


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